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Strike action!

Strike!--The Musical, by Winnipeg's Danny Schur and Rick Chafe, continues its march across the media. After premiering as a live, outdoor spectacle in May, 2004--on the 85th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike (the event on which this social-justice drama is based)--the musical was performed to glowing critical and audience reviews in May, 2005, at Winnipeg's Theatre in the Park (a.k.a. Rainbow Stage).


In 2005, the musical had its first out-of-town performance at Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre; won the inaugural Kobzar Literary Award; and was adapted to a short promotional film, selections which are viewable at In May, 2007, the musical was recorded as a live concert special at Winnipeg Burton Cummings Theatre and was broadcast to a national radio audience on CBC Radio One in September, 2007. Toronto's Playwrights Canada Press also released it in book form, this past December.

Composer/producer/co-writer Danny Schur updates us on the latest news about the musical:

"Rick Chafe and I have completed the screenplay adaptation of Strike! into a feature-film musical. I have partnered with Winnipeg director/co-producer Joseph Novak, and we are currently pitching the musical film to the gamut of Hollywood, British and Australian stars, with an eye towards shooting the film in Winnipeg in 2008 or 2009. With luck, the movie could premiere as early as 2010 or 2011. At the same time, I am currently pitching the live stage show to over 100 regional theatres in the United States, and have succeeded in attracting the preliminary interest of some seventy in the past two months. I am confident that Strike! will continue its journey as a Winnipeg story for the entire world."

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Author:Coodin, Freda
Publication:Canadian Dimension
Article Type:Theater review
Date:May 1, 2008
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