Bullied to Beautiful
Bullied to Beautiful is just one story, out of so many that are still happening worldwide. Lisa grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, and was bullied relentlessly, until she left her small town at the age of seventeen and moved to New York City. But she did have some friends, little pieces of black vinyl called, 45’s which she would listen for hours to in her room to escape the hurt outside. These records were her savior and helped her cope as she navigated feelings of shame, humiliation, frustration and loneliness. These days, bullying has become even more of an epidemic with the new advances in technology and social media. Lisa’s bullying occurred in the seventies, before all of these innovations, but it didn’t make it any less painful and harrowing. Her story is painted by a musical backdrop of songs from the nineteen seventies and original songs written by Jason. These arrangements are written by Musical Director and Maestro, Ryan Shirar, and carry this story with love, intensity and humor. This is a journey through childhood and back, not many of us would take again, but it creates memories, uplifts, inspires and creates a bond with the audience, as we talk about a subject that is still very real in our world. The point of this show is to celebrate all of us we paint our with our own colors in the world around us, because we are all, beautiful.
Ryan Shirar-Director/Musical Director/Arrangements
Ryan Shirar is a NYC-based music director who works as a pianist, arranger, acting/singing coach, conductor, and producer.
As orchestrator, Shirar has collaborated with Sheena Easton, Mickey Thomas (Starship), MercyMe, The Broadway Boys, Broadway Chamber Players, Virginia Opera, American Pops Orchestra. He is principal orchestrator for The American Pops Orchestra and has written for Calgary, San Francisco, New Jersey, Dubuque, Hartford and West Michigan Symphonies.
Shirar also serves as music director and orchestrator for singer Maxine Linehan and co-produced, arranged, and performed on her album, Beautiful Songs. In May, Shirar made his international orchestral conducting debut at the prestigious Theatre du Chatelet (Paris) with Maxine Linehan's show, What Would Petula Do? He tours with Broadway Pops International and performs frequently at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions, 54 Below with numerous Broadway performers, and the Aspen Music Festival as guest artist. He is also music director and orchestrator for The Four Phantoms.
Ryan received his Masters in Orchestral Conducting from CCM.
"Your show was amazing!! You’re funny, incredibly engaging and then all of a sudden you sing a ballad and wring all the emotion out of every note (and out of your audience). I really can’t say enough about your rendition of “You Won’t be Breaking My Heart.”... each time you sang a verse, a line, a note you conveyed the emotion/heartbreak of the song. Thank you so much. It is such a thrill to hear someone of your caliber bring a song I’ve written to life!"
— Harriet Goldberg, jazz/cabaret songwriter