Meet the Creative Team

Video: Opening Night America's Regina Dowling interviews Once Upon A Rhyme's creative team Ronvé O'Daniel, Jevares C. Myrick and J Kyle Manzay

Ronvé O’Daniel wears many hats for Once Upon a Rhyme. He is a songwriter, lyricist, composer, playwright, rapper, and the inspiration for the show. His work on the show has developed through TheatreWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony Residency at Goodspeed Theater, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as well as NYU Tisch School for the Arts. He was the recipient of Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference’s Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, and was recently featured in the Letters to the President concert at New York City’s historical Great Hall. His other works include: BAPS (Music and Lyrics for National Tour), Greenwood (Musical Theatre Factory), The New Girl (Concord Theatricals) and We Love (NAMT 15-minute musical). You can keep up with him at  His latest project is an original musical which looks at lives of 7 different animal groups, who are struggling to survive due to human oppression. Raising awareness about important subjects is something Ronve cares very much about.

Ronvé O'Daniel

Book, Lyrics and Music

Jevares C. Myrick has collaborated on the musical score for Once Upon a Rhyme with Ronve O’Daniel.  He is a New York-based Producer, Composer, Singer, Actor, Dancer, and choreographer. Raised in Marietta, GA he attended Wright State University on a full scholarship for Vocal Performance. He has performed on Broadway and in the National Tours of The Book of Mormon, as well as being featured in Regional Theatre productions of Smokey Joes Café, All Night Strut, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Ragtime, Sweet Charity, Aint Misbehavin’, and Sophisticated Ladies. Jevares choreographed for The Originals TV series, and has been a two time Suzi Bass Award winner, and has also won an Ovation Award for Best Male Vocalist. He has written and produced many shows for Six Flags across the U.S. as well as industrials around the world. Jevares has been featured in and

Jevares C. Myrick


J Kyle Manzay, Once Upon a Rhyme’s playwright, received his MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and his BFA from Howard University. As director of earlier productions of the show, J Kyle oversaw its performance at the New York Musical Festival and the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference. He has also written and directed national touring productions of Redemption of a Dogg (starring Snoop Dogg) and Set it Off - Live (starring Da Brat). Regionally he’s directed Noodling and Crackin’ Up at Soul Rep Theatre Company, as well as produced, written, and directed productions of Selling Out and the Off Broadway production of Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones. An accomplished actor, J Kyle has starred in Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and played the title role in the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s critically acclaimed Hamlet. He’s alo received 5 AUDELCO award nominations and an Obie Award. His film work includes playing opposite Denzel Washington in the box office hit "American Gangster." 

J Kyle Manzay


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