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Thursday, December 5, 2013

"MUSICAL CHAIRS" To Screen At The 2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championshiops in Tokyo

Producer Janet Carrus To Sponsor The Netherlands' Team   

"Effervescent! Seidelman's feel for setting and character is truly spectacular." - Time Out New York

"Susan Seidelman still knows how to capture the chaotic magic of New York." - The Village Voice

"A terrific film full of life, heart, music and fantastic dancing. A movie that just makes you feel good. See it!" - Boxoffice

New York, NY - December 5, 2013 - The inspiring romantic film MUSICAL CHAIRS will be screened at the 2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships taking place in Tokyo, Japan at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba Hotel on the evening of Sunday, December 8th. Janet Carrus, the producer of MUSICAL CHAIRS, will be sponsoring The Netherlands Team at the championships, which will be held from December 7-8. For more details about the Tokyo Screening or for air-times on HBO Latino, HBO Signature and HBO Comedy please visit:

The 2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships willhost over 160 athletes from over 25 countries for the first competition in Tokyo since the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were awarded to the city.This year's championship will be organized locally by the Japanese Wheelchair Dance Sport Federation. For more information, please visit:

A unique blend of dance, drama, and romance, MUSICAL CHAIRS stars newcomers Leah Pipes and E.J. Bonilla as a pair of unlikely lovers in contemporary New York who must face a number of challenges, both separately and together, before finding one another--and themselves.  Also starring Tony-winner Priscilla Lopez, Jaime Tirelli, Laverne Cox, Morgan Spector, Auti Angel, Jerome Preston Bates, Nelson R. Landrieu, and Angelic Zambrana, MUSICAL CHAIRS was produced by Janet Carrus and Joey Dedio.

Active in charities benefitting the impaired and ardent ballroom dance enthusiast, co-producer Carrus initiated the idea of creating a film around wheelchair ballroom dancing. As an activity long popular in Europe and Asia, wheelchair ballroom dancing has only recently developed a wider following in the United States.

About the film, which features both impaired and able-bodied performers in its rousing dance scenes, Carrus says, "Susan has succeeded in conveying the struggles we all face, both able-bodied and disabled, making our way, whether through life or on the dance floor. She has a real talent for embracing people in all their diversity and making them real, believable, and acceptable." 

Set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing, MUSICAL CHAIRS is about Armando (Bonilla) a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as a handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia (Pipes), an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer. Though worlds apart, their shared passion for dance promises to bring them together until a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever, and she finds herself wheelchair-bound at a rehab facility, with her dreams of a dance career shattered. Fortunately, Armando has enough dreams for both of them and, when he hears about a wheelchair ballroom dance competition that will soon be held in NY, he sees a way to return something to Mia that she thinks is lost forever.  At first she is reluctant--wheelchair dancing, though highly popular overseas, is something she never even knew existed. But, with the help of several other residents at the rehab center, Armando organizes an intense training program that will bring them all center stage and in the spotlight. The prize is irrelevant; what they really stand to win back is their zest for life.

WHAT: Musical Chairs Screening at the IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships
WHERE:Grand Pacific Le Daiba Hotel | 2-6-1 Daiba, Minato Tokyo 135-8701, Japan
WHEN: Sunday, December 8th | Evening

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