35mm: A Musical Exhibition

by  Ryan Scott Oliver, Matthew Murphy

Full Length Musical  /  3m, 2f

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

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35mm: A Musical Exhibition
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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"...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


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  • Jay Armstrong Johnson - "Leave Luanne"
  • Ryan Scott Oliver discusses "Leave, Luanne"
  • 35MM: "On Monday" - Britney Coleman
  • 35MM: "Leave Luanne" - Katie Thompson
  • 35MM: "The Ballad of Sara Berry" - Lindsay Mendez
  • 35MM: "Cut You A Piece" - Alex Brightman
  • 35MM: "Make Me Happy"
  • 35MM: "The Seraph" - Jay Armstrong Johnson
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock, Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo, Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Stop Time
On Monday
The Party Goes With You
Good Lady
The Seraph
Leave Luanne
Why Must We Tell Them Why
Make Me Happy
Immaculate Deception
Twisted Teeth
Mama, Let Me In
Cut You a Piece
The Ballad of Sara Berry


3m, 2f
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
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

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


Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

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.

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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 Hor ...

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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

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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. 

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