Theater for the New City Stages THE WRONG BOX

Theater for the New City Stages THE WRONG BOX

Theater for the New City presents The Wrong Box, a world premiere musical black comedy with book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant, based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne. Michael Chase Gosselin directs and choreographs a cast of 14, including James Beaman*, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Thomas M. Conroy*, Dennis Holland*, Brian Kilday*, Robin Lounsbury*, Christopher Michaels, Tim Realbuto*, Nate Rocke, Simon Schaitkin, Brandon Shockey, Tristan J. Shuler*, James Stafford*, and Joe Veale*. Six performances will be staged at Theater for the New City as part of the Dream Up Festival, 155 First Avenue in New York City from September 1-16, 2018.

In The Wrong Box, a mysterious corpse is knocking about Victorian London, and two unscrupulous cousins are desperately trying to find it - except when they're desperately trying to lose it! If the corpse in the train wreck turns out to be Uncle Joseph, then Cousin Michael wins the family inheritance, unless Cousin Morris can dispose of the body first. Family rivalries give way to complete chaos in this energetic and farcical musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic black comedy of death, greed, and jealousy.

The Wrong Box first appeared in 2002 as a student production at Union College in Schenectady, NY. After a number of years writing musicals on commission, Kit returned to The Wrong Box in 2012, reworking the book and score. In 2013 she recorded and released a concept album of the show. The show was a finalist for London's Burbage Productions New Writing Prize, had excerpts performed at Theatre Resources Unlimited, the Musical Theatre Factory, and The Playground Experiment, and was a finalist for Theatre Resources Unlimited's TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series. In October 2016 The Wrong Box had a successful staged reading at the National Opera Center, produced by Melissa Nally and Sahar Helmy and featuring Frank Vlastnik (Broadway: Big, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Sweet Smell of Success) in the lead role. Most recently, The Wrong Box was developed in Apples and Oranges Studios' THEatre Accelerator Program, led by Tim and Pamela Kashani (Broadway: An American in Paris, Memphis).

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Six performances will be staged on the following schedule: Saturday, Sept. 1 at 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8 at 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5:00 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15 at 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16 at 5:00 p.m.

The Wrong Box is presented by Theater for the New City. Music Director: Justin Ward Weber; Set and Lighting Designer: David Goldstein; Costume Designer: Angela Borst; Sound Designer: Basil Apostolo; Orchestrator: Neil Radisch; Production Stage Manager: Carol A. Sullivan*; Assistant Stage Manager: Ryan A. Ross; Assistant Director: Morgan Rielly; Associate Choreographer: Gabby Cogan; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR; General Management/Executive Producer: Visceral Entertainment.

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