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Making the right moves with ‘The Wrong Box’

Eleven-year project comes to fruition for local musician, composer

Actors perform for the musical theater show "The Wrong Box," written and composed by Kit Goldstein Grant. She will be releasing the musical theater album for “The Wrong Box” at a CD release party this Saturday, Aug. 17, at Professor Java’s in Colonie.

Actors perform for the musical theater show "The Wrong Box," written and composed by Kit Goldstein Grant. She will be releasing the musical theater album for “The Wrong Box” at a CD release party this Saturday, Aug. 17, at Professor Java’s in Colonie. Submitted photo

— Germain said they used a string quartet as well as brass and woodwinds, using percussion sparingly to “fit the late 19th century style.”

Once the music was completed, they found many veterans of Capital District musical theater. The lead role was performed by New York City-based singer/actor John Anthony Lopez, originally from Schenectady, and supporting roles include Marc Andrzejewski, Joe Phillips, Laura Darling and Bill Hickman, under the vocal direction of Maria Elmer. Recordings were done over just a weekend at local studios Sand Creek Recording in Colonie and Cotton Hill Studio in Albany and were mixed at The Bomb Shelter in Albany.

With the album completed, Goldstein Grant plans to send it out to theater companies, music reviewers and even the Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum in California. The CD will also be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and CD Baby. A production for the musical is already in the works and will be performed in the spring at Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery as part of the Classic Theater Guild’s 2013-14 season.

After years of hard work and dedication, Goldstein Grant is excited to see where the musical goes and how it is performed.

“It’ll be most fun for people if they go ahead and read the book to see where the songs all go with the story. It’s not all laugh out loud funny, some of it’s more subtle humor,” Goldstein Grant said. “I think they can look for a good time. If you like musicals, I think you’ll enjoy it.”

The album’s release party is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary in Colonie. Free desserts and coffee will be provided, and selected songs will be performed live by members of the cast.

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