Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Musical about Rob Ford to Go on, but Red Carpet and Opening Night Party Scrapped

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Musical about Rob Ford to Go on, but Red Carpet and Opening Night Party Scrapped

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Ford musical to go on despite cancer diagnosis

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TORONTO - The creators of a new musical about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford say the show will go on despite his cancer diagnosis -- but they are scrapping a planned opening night party and red carpet.

Producer Brett McCaig said they would also "dim the marquee" in light of Wednesday's revelation that Ford has been diagnosed with malignant liposarcoma.

McCaig and P. Joseph Regan wrote the book and lyrics for "Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation," which has been in previews and is slated to open Thursday at Toronto's Factory theatre and run through Sept. 28.

Anthony Bastianon composed 10 original tunes for the story in which a "spiritual guide" leads Ford through the past year of his tumultuous life -- including his admitted drug use and stint in rehab.

In the statement, McCaig said the producers weighed their options carefully and have contractual obligations to the cast, crew and theatre staff.

He said the production would be collecting donations for the Canadian cancer society at each show. …

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