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35mm: A Musical Exhibition - Full Length Musical

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Ryan Scott Oliver, Matthew Murphy

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Full Length Musical

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573703676

Music & Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy

A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song?

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Vocal Selections
Digital Perusal Score Rental
Digital Perusal Score Rental - High School

Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.


Full Length Musical

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary


No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre... This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.


"...the songs are not related except that they are all vibrant expressions of a rainbow of emotions. When pieced together...this musical is a thought-provoking, soul-searching exploration of two mediums fused together as one...There are intense group numbers featuring the powerful ensemble that really move the audience."
- DC Metro Theatre Arts, Read More

"The genius of this show is how Ryan Scott Oliver's music convey's the message of Matthew Murphy's photographs. I was constantly amazed at how the songs really spoke to each picture individually. Ryan's music is a fresh sound that was very enjoyable to listen to." - Call Me Adam, Read More

"When theater pundits talk about the future of Broadway and the new generation of composers, they're talking about artists like Ryan Scott Oliver ... a major new voice in musical theater" — Entertainment Weekly, Read More

"The best composer working today without a major production." — Backstage, Read More


Art Begat Art: The Story of Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION
by Stephen Hawthorne
August 19, 2016

A Couple's Collaboration: Ryan Scott Oliver & Matthew Murphy on 35MM
by Ben Coleman
February 12, 2015

Moments Frozen in Time: 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION

by Ben Coleman
November 11, 2014

From the Tony-Award winning producer of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderVanya Sonia Masha and Spike, and A Raisin in the Sun, comes the next major American song cycle, 35mm. In 2012, Ryan Scott Oliver premiered 35mm: A Musical Exhibition based on the work of photographer Matthew Murphy, which has been preserved as an original cast recording by the Ghostlight label. 


3m, 2f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras


35mm is meant to be performed by 5 actors, but it may be performed by more.


No Chorus

WOMAN 1 -  plays Woman 1, Image 1, Nightmare, the Lover, Cantus, Watcher, Soprano, Betsy, Nightwalker, Lonely, Jessy, and Chorus

WOMAN 2 - plays Woman 2, Photographer, Nightmare, the Broad, Altus, She, Watcher, Les Voix en Dessous, Alto, Lindsay, and the Balladeer

MAN 1 - plays Man 1, Image, the Idle Boy, Tenor, His Savior, Watcher, Les Voix en Dessous, Alex, A Friend of Jules and Jessy’s, and Chorus

MAN 2 - plays Man 2, Image, Nightmare, the Manny, Bassus, the Sinner, Watcher, the Cajun, Bass, Jay, Her Mister, Jules, and Chorus

MAN 3 - plays Man 3, Image, Nightmare, the Long-Tethered Knight, He, Watcher, Ben, Radio and Chorus
Rental Materials


Small/Combo, Medium


Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Country/Western



1 Keyboard Conductor
1 Rehearsal Score
6 Vocal Scores
1 Media CD

1 Violin/Viola
1 Cello
1 Drums
1 Guitar

There is a simplified version intended for High Schoolers and teenagers. It includes simplified vocal arrangements, changed lyrics and lowered keys. There is a digital perusal available so your organization can decide if this show will be a good fit.

Ryan Scott Oliver

Ryan Scott Oliver

Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award Nominee, a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and wrote the music and lyrics for 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Mrs. Sharp (2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner, at Playwrights Horizons starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), Darling (featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s The Apprentice), the song cycle Out of My Head, Quit ...

Other Ryan Scott Oliver titles:

  • Jasper in Deadland

Matthew Murphy

Matthew Murphy is an internationally recognized photographer specializing in theater and dance.  He regularly photographs Broadway's biggest hits, including Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, Rocky, After Midnight, and The Phantom of the Opera, among others.  Additional credits include the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times, ("Gotta Dance" Series), Bravo TV, ...

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Rhonda Hawthorne 7/11/2016 9:37 PM
What a beautifully moving, captivating, challenging production! Our students loved talking through the topics of love, pain, spirituality, acceptance, discrimination, and on and on. I highly recommend this piece for any group who is looking for something high-energy, filled with storylines and morals that will leave the audience affected for a long time. This show was a huge turning point for our program, school and community. We are so grateful!