ADRYAN RUSS conceived, wrote music and co-wrote lyrics for Inside Out, the award-winning off-Broadway musical about six women in group therapy, co-written with playwright Doug Haverty, and produced by Richard Frankel Productions. The musical was published by Samuel French and the original cast CD distributed by DRG Records. Inside Out has had several productions across the U.S. and two abroad. Stephen Holden of the New York Times calls it “A bright, witty and wise musical about the way we live now.”
Adryan’s work has been featured at The Cherry Lane, New York City; Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota; Phoenix Theatre in Arizona; 12 Miles West in Montclair, New Jersey; Allegro Productions’ Here Arts Center in Soho, NY; Wealthy Theatre in Michigan; The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA; The Colony Theatre, Group Repertory Theatre and the West Valley Playhouse and Barnsdall Theater in Los Angeles; and The English Theatre Group of Zug in Switzerland.
She and Haverty were commissioned by Canada’s Stages to develop a new musical, based on Oscar Wilde’s story, “The Canterville Ghost,” which is in development. Their pop musical Love & Order was selected for presentation at the ASCAP/ Disney Workshop in Los Angeles, and at Chicago’s New Tuners Theatre Building. For Storybook Theatre in Los Angeles, she has written music and lyrics for a children’s musical with Lloyd J. Schwartz, which played five months at Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre in Studio City, California.
With award-winning playwright Keith Huff, Adryan is developing Ebenezer: Return of the Scrooge, a holiday musical, for which she has written music and co-written lyrics. It was selected for the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop, Chicago, in April 2005, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference in April 2006.
Adryan participated in a tribute to Charles Strouse, with Michael Feinstein, at Carnegie Hall; she also appeared in Chicago Humanities Festival’s “ASCAP Cabaret: Her Turn” with Karen Mason, and an array of Chicago cabaret performers.
LML Music (http://www.lmlmusic.com/artist/adryanruss) released "Everyone Has A Story: The Songs of Adryan Russ,” produced by Bruce Kimmel and arranged by Grant Geissman. Her songs, some co-written with Brad Ellis and Doug Haverty, are performed by some of Los Angeles and Broadway stages’ best, including Susan Egan, David Burnham, Sharon McNight and Jason Graae, and have been sung by a variety of cabaret artists across the country as well as recorded by pop singers in the U.S. and abroad.
For film, Adryan wrote the lyric for “White Lies,” title song forThe Check Is In The Mail, with Brian Dennehy and Ann Archer; and music and lyrics for several animated features and theme park presentations for Landmark Entertainment. She has collaborated with and written lyrics for songs with television/film composer Joel Evans (www.cinemaster.com), including "Is It Me," which appears in John Patrick Shanley's film Doubt.
Every year, for the past 10 years, Adryan has received an ASCAP Award for Popular Music, based on numerous cabaret and musical theater performances by cabaret artists and theaters. She is a longtime member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT), The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), and serves on the Board of the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL).