Bryan Flynn was born in Waterford City and is recognized as one of the most visionary musical theatre creators in Ireland. Over the last 15 years he has been to the forefront of professional musical theatre production in Ireland, during which time he has produced, directed and designed over 70 productions. These productions include: Chess, Oklahoma, Mack & Mabel, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, Sweet Charity, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hot Mikado, Me & My Girl, Anything Goes, Grease and Oliver! to name but a few. In 2010, Bryan directed the Irish national tour of the RTÉ / Robert C. Kelly production of Fame: The Musical.
Bryan first seized the attention of the Irish theatre world 14 years ago with his first original musical drama Pentimenti for which he co-wrote the libretto and composed the musical score. This musical drama broke all the rules of conventional musical theatre; establishing Bryan as a writer / composer of note while enjoying a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal – Waterford. It was while working on this production that Bryan began a long collaboration with acclaimed musical director David Hayes.
In 2003, Bryan directed Jesus Christ Superstar for Cork Opera House and has since enjoyed a long and successful association with that venue, during which time he has directed numerous productions such as The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Pied Piper, Honk, Babes in the Wood, Aladdin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack & The Beanstalk and Snow White. In October 2002, Bryan devised and directed The Celebrity Gala Concert in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital at the National Concert Hall – Dublin and in June 2009 he was invited to stage the President’s Gala which marked the re-opening of the newly refurbished Cork Opera House by then President Mary McAleese. Bryan has directed Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Opera ‘05 and was musical director for the Cork Opera House production of Man of la Mancha in 2007. Other direction work includes the childrens’ opera Lily’s Labyrinth for Garter Lane Theatre, High School Musical for Midas Productions – Dublin and Pirates of Penzance starring Edward Baker Duly for Jim Molloy Productions at the Helix Theatre – Dublin. Bryan directed six Christmas Pantomime seasons for Theatre Royal – Waterford and in May 2010, he directed a major new production of West Side Story for Cork Opera House.
In 2005, to coincide with Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture, Bryan was commissioned by Cork Opera House to create an original musical drama. The resulting work was Michael Collins; a ground breaking musical theatre production which was in development for over three years before it received huge acclaim both at Cork Opera House and on tour at the Theatre Royal – Waterford and The Olympia Theatre – Dublin. The national press reviewed the show as ‘A Musical Triumph’ (Irish Examiner), ‘An Emotional Rollercoaster’ (The Sunday Independent) and ‘a Powerful Musical Drama’ (The Sunday Times).
Bryan recently co-wrote a third original musical The ALL STAR Wars . Based on Ireland’s obsession with the ancient game of hurling, this musical comedy premiered at Cork Opera House to huge acclaim in 2011 and toured nationally in 2012.
In March 2013, Bryan was the subject of Hey! Mr. Director, a tribute to Bryan’s decade of musical theatre work at Cork Opera House. Recent productions include The Sound of Music which he staged at Cork Opera House in August 2012. The production was seen by over 25,000 people and returned in February 2013 due to popular demand. Bryan also wrote and directed Alice in Wonderland which enjoyed a successful run at the same venue over the Christmas period. Forthcoming productions include Bust, a new football opera by Benedict Hanlon which will run at Garter Lane Theatre – Waterford, Parade – a musical based on the Leo Frank story, and the Christmas pantomime Aladdin, both of which will be staged at Cork Opera House.
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