Inspired by true events from 1915 in New York, KELLY v. KELLY reveals the story of a mother and daughter divided by passion, money and what it means to be a woman at a time of huge societal change.  When a 19-year-old heiress becomes tangled in an affair with a seductive tango dancer, her distraught mother has her arrested and charged with incorrigibility, sparking a court case that scandalizes the nation.

Featuring an electrifying musical score and mesmeric choreography, the inaugural production of KELLY v. KELLY will take you inside the imaginations of two of Canada’s most celebrated musical theatre forces.

KELLY v. KELLY was set to have its world premiere at The Berkley Street Theatre in early 2020, however, because of the COVID-19 outbreak, this production has been postponed until further notice. Learn more here.


Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Commissioned by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals, funded by The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.

'KELLY v. KELLY" was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada, Michael Rubinoff, Producing Artistic Director.


Book by
Sara Farb

Music & Lyrics by
Britta Johnson


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Hailed by The Toronto Star as “a major talent,” Johnson is one of the most extraordinary voices in Canadian musical theatre. Her collaboration on the immersive musical Brantwood helped make it the must-see theatre event of 2015, winning the Audience Choice Dora Award. In 2016, she was nominated for two Dora Awards for Best New Musical – one for her original Jacob Two-Two score at Young People’s Theatre (with Anika Johnson), and one for The Musical Stage Company’s Reframed inspired by and performed in front of a painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario (with Sara Farb). Her musical Life After won the inaugural Paul O’Sullivan Prize for musical theatre, was the runner up for the 2015 Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award and was a Patron’s Pick in the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival. Most recently Britta wrote music and lyrics for the 2017 Dora Award nominated Stupidhead!, was librettist for choreographer Robert Binet’s adaptation of “The Kreutzer Sonata” with Ballet Moscow, and created Trap Door, a collaboration with Anika Johnson and Morris Panych, produced by Theatre Sheridan in the fall of 2017.


Sara Farb “Delphi” in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Broadway); five seasons at The Stratford Festival with shows including Romeo and JulietA Little Night MusicAnne FrankKing Lear, world premieres of The Last Wife and The Virgin TrialFun Home (Musical Stage Company/Mirvish — Dora nom); Canadian premiere of The Humans (Canadian Stage/Citadel), Next to Normal (Tarragon Theatre & Theatre Calgary/Citadel); R-E-B-E- C-C-A (playwright and performer, Theatre Passe Muraille). Sara is the bookwriter for Kelly v. Kelly, which she wrote with Britta Johnson (music and lyrics) and which had its world premiere in Toronto in 2020 with the Canadian Stage and Musical Stage Companies. She is also the bookwriter for Bremen Rock City, co-written with Colleen Dauncey (music) and Akiva Romer Segal (lyrics).