ROY wants to be a one hit wonder before he is 80 and he is well on his way - to being 80. Roy is a 1967 Yale grad with a BA in Political Science. He studied City Planning at Cornell University and the University of Tennessee and obtained an M.B.A in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Connecticut. He is a Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association and a Practicing Affiliate of the Appraisal Institute.
His career has been spent in municipal government and real estate and many of the plot points in the show are drawn from that experience. Issues include conflicts between historic preservation and economic development, eminent domain, planning and zoning approvals and Locally Unacceptable Land Uses.
As his interest in music and theater deepened, Roy became a member and director of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, an ASCAP affiliate, a member of Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and a Dramatist Guild member. He has been recognized with some small awards from Billboard Magazine, American Songwriters Magazine, Great American Song Contest and Songs Inspired by Literature. His song "Yesterday's Backstreet Cafe" was recorded by Nashville artist Tracey K. Houston on her Songbird label. CD compilations of his songs; "American Brass", "Two Blue Moons" and "Roy O'Neil's Brass City Christmas" have been released on the Abrigador label and are available for download and streaming via Pandora, Spotify, I-Tunes, CD Baby, Amazon, YouTube and others.
As his involvement i the Broadway community has grown, he has become an investor in the Museum of Broadway and an investor/producer in the all original new musical “Harmony”.
While, principally a writer, Roy does play out occasionally at area open mics and has sung his original songs at Hunt Hill Farm, Infinity Bistro, Woodbury Brewing Company, and The Note in Connecticut, Caffe Lena in Saratoga, New York and O'Shea's Olde Inn on Cape Cod.
Roy is presented "Audience Favorite" award by Katy Baker, Artistic Director
Manhattan Theater Mission
The show began as American Brass and was performed in 2002 as part of a community theater production "Broadway on the Green" in Waterbury, CT. After a series of rewrites and workshops the show title changed to Eddie and The Palaceades and it was a participant in three New York City musical festivals: the 2013 First Act Feedback Festival sponsored by TRU and MusicalWriters.com; Manhattan Theater Mission's 2013 New Musicals Showcase; and the 2014 Midtown International Theater Festival.
Audience and critical response has been enthusiastic. The show was awarded "Audience Favorite" at the MTM Showcase and received 9 "Best of Festival" nominations at MITF, winning the award for Best Director. In 2016 "Eddie and The Palaceades" won a Director's Choice Award from MainStreet Musicals.
The show was next presented in a staged reading by Woods Hole Theatre Company in 2016 and then in 2017 there was a sold out full production at the Square Foot Theatre Company in Wallingford, CT. After the Square Foot show there was another TRU workshop in NYC and another title change to Save the Palace. Roy's own name has remained the same throughout the history of the show. In 2021 the show was presented in an “industry reading” at Theatre Row in New York City and that was followed by another table read workshop at Open Jar Studios. And in 2023 the show was read at “The Vyne” in Grapevine, Texas.