With recent developments related to the worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we at The Musical Stage Company take the health and wellbeing of our community very seriously. As such, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all activities that bring staff, artists or audiences together until public health determines it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, and with heavy hearts, this means the world premiere production of KELLY v. KELLY must be postponed until further notice. We look forward to sharing the next steps on each project with you when they become available. Read our full statement here.

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 is this third production in The Crescendo Series, a three-year commitment by The Musical Stage Company to produce the work of Britta Johnson and her collaborators.

A Musical Stage Company Production in Association with Canadian Stage


Producing Patrons
The Don & Shirley Green Family Foundation


Part of the Crescendo Series
Produced in association with Canadian Stage

Commissioned by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals, funded by The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.


Book by
Sara Farb

Music & Lyrics by
Britta Johnson

Directed by
Robert McQueen

Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Arranger
Lynne Shankel

Music Director
Joseph Tritt

Choreography by
Cameron Carver

Set & Lighting Designer
Lorenzo Savoini

Sound Designer
William Fallon

Costume Designer
Alex Amini

Production Manager
Andrei Mazuruc

Stage Manager
Jessica Severin

Assistant Stage Manager
Kat Chin

Music Assistant
Jonathan Corkal

RBC Apprentice Director*
Ali Joy Richardson

RBC Music Apprentice*
Juliette Jones

RBC Apprentice Sound Designer
Deanna Choi

*As a part of The Kathleen C. Freeman Leadership Development Fund.


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