A Musical Black ComedY by kit goldstein grant Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson & Lloyd Osbourne
“WHAT’S A CHAP TO DO WITH A PIANO... ONE THAT’S GOT ANOTHER CHAP INSIDE?”
About the Show... “The Wrong Box” is a Victorian black comedy based on the novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. The book was previously adapted in 1966 as a film starring Michael Caine and Peter Sellers. 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.”
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.
Production History... The Wrong Box was first produced in a student production at Union College in Schenectady, NY in 2002, after which it got put back in a drawer for a while! Later, selections were performed at the Golden Fleece Composer’s Chamber Theater in NYC in 2006, a studio album was recorded and released in 2013, and in 2014 The Wrong Box was a finalist for London’s Burbage Productions New Writing Prize.
Stay tuned for a concert reading in NYC coming up in Fall 2016!
About the Author... Kit Goldstein Grant (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a New York City based musical theatre composer, lyricist, librettist, and teaching artist. She is a graduate of Union College, has studied at Juilliard, Primary Stages and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP and a founding member of NYC’s Composers Collective. Her musicals for young audiences include The Nose, winner of second prize in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Contest, andIt's Raining Tamales!, published by YouthPLAYS. Her musicals for adults include an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Black Tulip and black comedy The Wrong Box, finalist for London’s Burbage Productions New Writing Prize. Studio cast recordings of It’s Raining Tamales! and The Wrong Box are available on iTunes and Amazon. For more on Kit's work, visit www.kitgoldstein.com.