A staged reading of Carolina Rising, formerly The Union and Crystal Ann McKay, will be presented by TRU Voices 2018 musical reading series, on February 5th.
Bryan's short play Two Superheros Walk into a Bar will be presented at the Secret Theater in Queens from January 14th to February 2nd.
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.