Danny Schur: Composer/Lyricist/Writer/Producer
Dubbed the "Pierre Berton of Canadian musical theatre," Danny Schur is Winnipeg, Canada's most successful composer/producer of original musicals. Having made his name as a Juno Award-winning composer/producer (Chantal Kreviazuk, Doc Walker), Danny turned his sights on his true passion: original musical theatre. His musical The Bridge was Winnipeg's first large-cast commercial musical. Strike! earned Danny and co-writer, Rick Chafe, the 2006 Kobzar Literary Award, the 2007 Grant MacEwan College Kostash Award and the 2008 Roger Charest Award. The pair have written the screenplay adaptation of Strike! and Danny is co-producing the feature film adaptation, to be shot in Winnipeg.
Rick Chafe: Writer
Rick Chafe’s plays have been produced across Canada, most recently The Secret Mask (Prairie Theatre Exchange Winnipeg, 2011; Great Canadian Theatre Company Ottawa, 2012; Presentation House Vancouver, 2013), and Beowulf (Two Planks and a Passion Nova Scotia, 2011). Other plays include Shakespeare’s Dog (Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg/National Arts Centre, Ottawa 2008; Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary 2009) adapted from Leon Rooke’s Governor General’s Award-winning novel, The Odyssey, and the musical Strike! co-written with Danny Schur. Rick is currently at work on two new plays, and on co-writing a new screenplay with Danny Schur. Rick is a Siminovitch Prize nominee and a received the Manitoba Arts Council Major Arts Award for his next work, NOLA, a play for two actors and a jazz trio. Rick is a member of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Playwrights Unit. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and their daughter. rickchafe.com
"One wonders if Evita will impress as much..."
- Saskatoon Star Phoenix
"An improbably compelling piece of musical theatre"
- The Globe & Mail
"There's nothing small in mind, body or heart about Strike!"
- Edmonton Journal
"Strike! Has Important Message for Humanity"
- Winnipeg Free Press
"Strike! makes haters of musicals and history see the error of their ways"
- University of Saskatchewan Sheaf