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New Musical Production brings a few twists

• Winnipeg Free Press

Fourteen years after its world premiere and 100 years after the labour uprising it's based on, Strike! The Musical returns to Winnipeg this month. The show, written by Winnipeggers Danny Schur and Rick Chafe, is based on the real-life events of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919. It debuted on Rainbow Stage as an independent production in 2005 and is being reimagined for the centennial of the strike. Director Sharon Bajer was a cast member in the original production. "I had a really good grasp on the initial story and all of these years in between to see all these other productions and think about the story," said Bajer, who lives in Wolseley. "I love that we get to re-approach the play 14 years later with all the perspective that we have and there's been so much new information, especially recently, that's come to light." While the script, characters and songs will be familiar there have been some important updates to the story. All of the music has been re-orchestr