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The Wrong Box

by The Wrong Box Studio Cast

In this musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic farce, a mysterious corpse is knocking about Victorian England, and two unscrupulous cousins are desperately trying to find it - except when they're desperately trying to lose it!
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1. Off the List
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2. Live a Little Longer
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3. The Letter of the Law
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4. Bundle Up
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5. Bournemouth Express
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6. Lecturer-At-Large
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7. The Wrong Box
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8. A Family
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9. The Wrong Box (Reprise I)
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10. The Wrong Box (Reprise II)
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11. Pros and Cons
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12. Ruined I
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13. Breach of Promise
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14. What a Mess
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15. The Beautiful Sparrow
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16. Two Affable Kinsmen
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17. Ruined II
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18. Sir Arthur Sullivan Jimson
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19. "I Found a Body in a Piano Today..."
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20. Push the Piano
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21. Push the Piano - Reprise
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22. Nothing Left to Lose
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23. Waterloo Station
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24. The Wrong Box (Finale)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“WHAT’S A CHAP TO DO WITH A PIANO...
ONE THAT’S GOT ANOTHER CHAP INSIDE?”

“The Wrong Box” is a Victorian black comedy based on the novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson (“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Treasure Island”) and his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. The novel was previously adapted in 1966 as a film starring Michael Caine and Peter Sellers.

This musical adaptation follows the plot of the original novel, which centers around a tontine: a scheme in which investors pay into a fund which grows in value over the years, and the last survivor among them – by then quite elderly – collects the money.

When Rudyard Kipling read the book, he wrote, "I have got R.L. Stevenson's [The] Wrong Box and laughed over it dementedly when I read it. That man has only one lung but he makes you laugh with all your whole inside.”

SYNOPSIS:
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 gets the family fortune, unless Cousin Morris can dispose of the body before he gets there. From pillar to post, from packing-case to piano, the hapless heirs scramble to keep up with the vanishing cadaver in this musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic farce.

PRODUCTION STAFF:
Music & Lyrics: Kit Goldstein Grant
Music Director & Orchestrations: Barret Germain
Vocal Director & Pianist: Maria Elmer
Dialect Coach: Brian Avery
Production Assistant: Catherine Miller

CAST:
John Anthony Lopez... Morris Finsbury
Bill Hickman... Uncle Joseph
Adam Coons... John Finsbury
Lesley O'Donnell... Julia Hazeltine
Brendan Dwyer... Michael Finsbury
David Michael Benjamin, Jr.... William Dent Pitman
Eric Shovah... Gideon Forsyth
Marc Andrzejewski... George Wickham
Joe Phillips... White
Heather D'Arcy...Rosie / Mrs. Watts
Allison McArdle... Evelyn
Richard Cross... Conductor
Laura Darling... Ensemble
All... Porters, Passengers, Mourners & Villagers

ORCHESTRA:
Maria Elmer... Piano
Kelly Diehl... Violin
Elizabeth Sterling... Viola
Brittany Rakoske... Cello
Don Lester... Bass
Stephen Sanborn... Flute/Piccolo
Jeannette Storch... Oboe
Amanda Meliosky... Clarinet
Steve Weisse... Trumpet
Joel Servant... Trumpet
Laura Jacaruso... Horn
Alex Slomka... Trombone
Paul Reed... Percussion
Barret Germain... Conductor

Kit Goldstein Grant (Music & Lyrics) is a graduate of Union College and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, studied orchestration at Juilliard, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Over a dozen of Kit's original plays and musicals, including “The Wrong Box,” “The Black Tulip,” and “It's Raining Tamales” (also available on CD Baby), have been produced by theatres in upstate NY. In recent years Kit has been commissioned by the Schenectady Theater for Children, which has toured her original musicals to schools and throughout the community.

Barret Germain (Orchestrator & Music Director) is a musician and craftsman living in Schenectady, NY. After studying classical performance (tuba) at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY, Barret returned home and got to work. As a tuba player, Barret is a member of the Signature Brass Quintet, the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and a founding member of The Route Fifty 5; he is called to perform with many of the classical organizations in the Capital Region and Southern Adirondacks, and has played on stages from Proctors Theater to Carnegie Hall.
Barret has served as music director, conductor, vocal coach, and consultant for many of the Capital Area’s vibrant community theater programs. Currently, Barret is the music director of the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Scotia, NY.

For more cast, orchestra & production staff bios, visit the Wrong Box CD webpage.

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