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. His musical Hell’s Belles was be produced Off-Broadway in 2015. His musical The Union and Crystal Ann McKay was awarded “Audience Favorite” at 2015 Appalachia Festival at the Barter Theater, His musical The Forgotten Film of Dorian Gray won the Michael Stewart Award. Bryan has also written several plays including, The Second Life of Gideon Finn, A Long Night in The Short Reign of Didius Julianus, The Drama Department and Shakespeare in Bermuda .