In August, table readings began for Bryan's musical The Dragon Empress of China and his play Other Women.
A staged reading of his play Moonshadow was presented as part of the TRU New Voices Festival in June, featuring Bob Cuccioli and Amy Bodnar, Directed by Charles Abbott.
Bryan Leys is a librettist and lyricist who has developed a number of exciting new musicals. His shows range from country western, to rock ’n’ roll, to sung-through operatic pieces, to light-hearted revues, as well as traditional musical comedies and dramas. With his collaborators, Bryan has written about hardboiled detectives, wacky Broadway lyricists, marriage-minded New Yorkers, singing cowboys, and passionate actors, among others. The shows transport you to 1880’s Vienna, the pampas of Argentina, and along the length of Route 66. They take you to heaven and hell and to the end of the world.
Bryan’s musicals have been produced in New York and across the United States. Internationally he’s had productions in Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, and Germany. Critics (including the New York Times) have described his lyrics as witty, clever, sassy, and ingenious.
Bryan favors shows with strong melodies that stay with you after you leave the theatre and stories that contrast the light and dark sides of life, and even at their darkest there will always be something to make you laugh.