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A first production of a new murder mystery musical at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Songs, dance, laughs, romance and a murder.
A first production of a new murder mystery musical at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Songs, dance, laughs, romance and a murder.
101 backers pledged CA$ 9,718 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOUT THE SHOW

"killer business-the musical" is a backstage murder mystery musical full of laughs, dance, romance and, of course, a murder! The world premiere will take place in January 2014 at the Next Stage Theatre Festival at the Factory Theatre, Mainspace (Bathurst and Adelaide) in Toronto, Ontario.

The Next Stage Theatre Festival is a juried Festival. We were 1 of 10 productions chosen from a pool of over 90 applications. It is an extraordinary opportunity to showcase our work. It is a profit sharing Festival...which means no one on the creative team (11 people) or in the cast (10 people) are getting paid during the four weeks of rehearsal and the 9 performances. We split the profits after the Festival ends.

 Check out our "In Production" Trailer!!!

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 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wed Jan 8 7:00pm Opening Night

Fri Jan 10 5:00pm

Sat Jan 11 9.00pm

Sun Jan 12 2:30pm

Tue Jan 14 6:45pm

Thu Jan 16 7.00pm

Fri Jan 17 9:30pm

Sat Jan 18 9.00pm

Sun Jan 19 5.00pm Closing Night

SYNOPSIS

It is the first preview of “Lucky In Love.” The Producer is hoping for a long run. The show starts with the same old song and dance until a body turns up on the stage. Now, it’s up to Richard Gunn, PI to solve the case. There’s a spoiled Diva, an aging star and a confused leading man. The backstage crew is overworked and the chorus is wooden. Everyone is a suspect. It is, after all, a Killer Business.

CREATIVE TEAM

Music by Rob Torr

Book by Ken MacDougall, Saul Segal and Rob Torr

Lyrics by Rob Torr, Saul Segal and Ken MacDougall

Directed by Geoffrey Whynot

Choreographed by Stephanie Graham

Musical Directed by Robert Graham

CAST

The cast of "killer business-the musical" has credits from The Stratford Festival, The Charlottetown Festival, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, The Producers, Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cats, Les Miserables and many more!

Christy Adamson as Cleo, the Stage Manager and Swing

Tess Benger as Stella, the Ingenue

Matthew G Brown as Jason, the Stagehand

Jason Adam Clarke as Steve, the Leading Man

Caitlin Goguen as Ooh, a Showgirl

Christina Gordon as Flo, the Aging Starlet and Understudy

Duff MacDonald as Guy, the Costume Designer

Natalie Moore as Aah, a Showgirl

Ryan Rogerson as Tony, the Producer

and

Dora award winning, David Keeley as Richard Gunn, PI

Full bios of our cast are on our website:

www.killerbusiness-themusical.com

REWARDS

The Tease!

Natalie Moore (Aah), Will Rands, Caitlin Goguen (Ooh), Jason Adam Clarke (Steve), Tom Rands
Natalie Moore (Aah), Will Rands, Caitlin Goguen (Ooh), Jason Adam Clarke (Steve), Tom Rands
Tom and Will model the shirts! Get them for your kids!
Tom and Will model the shirts! Get them for your kids!

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION COSTS

This is a new musical that has only ever had one informal reading. We would like to use the first few days of rehearsal for workshopping before we launch into full production rehearsals. This will give the writers some time to clarify the narrative.

We need funds for rehearsal space, costumes, sets, props, and marketing materials (posters and postcards).

OUR GOAL

Our goal is to raise as much as we can of our budget ahead of time to pay for the production costs so that all the money raised from the box office can go directly to the cast and creative team.

Please help us raise these upfront costs!

Thanks everyone. From Steph and Rob
Thanks everyone. From Steph and Rob

Risks and challenges

We are trying minimize the potential obstacles that may arise with our project, but no doubt, there will be some. Rehearsal spaces large enough to accommodate a show of this scale are costly and few and far between in Toronto.

We have an idea on how to shift quickly between the onstage and backstage scenes in our show. We have to work through these sequences with actors in the room to make sure they work. If this concept does not work, we will have to re-think the set and that will require more time in the rehearsal hall which will require more funds.

Though we have some experience in the process of developing new musicals, this undertaking is a daunting task. We feel confident in the team we have put together and will follow this through no matter the odds.

Every donation helps. With you, we can make "killer business-the musical" a success. Thank you!

Lastly, here is some important legal information:

· Please read the rewards carefully to determine those which are location or date specific. Travel, lodging and transportation are NOT included.
· Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend all events.
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