About In the Night Life’s a Stage

In the Night has been the dream of creator Goetz Neumann for over a decade. His own story at times seems to mirror that of his characters as they strive to live their dreams. Known among his peers as something of a maverick, Neumann knew he wanted to create a musical film, knew he wanted to use an ensemble cast rather than a traditional character hierarchy, and that rather than hire locally in Germany he knew he wanted to write the script in English and cast American actors.

After a short promotional version of the film was produced in 2009, the creative team of Neumann, choreographer Karen D. Savage, and co-producer Claudia von Lienen flew to New York City and held auditions for the final cast. The movie’s seven core actors were selected, and in May of 2010 a rehearsal workshop was held in New York City to begin work on In the Night’s choreography and music. The cast and crew reunited in Germany over the summer of 2010 and shot eighty percent of the film’s principal photography, including all of the musical numbers and dance scenes.

In January of 2011 Neumann returned to the U.S. to find the one remaining piece of his puzzle: Jane. The final character left to cast, Neumann sifted through well over six hundred submissions and held auditions in New York and Los Angeles to find her. The narrator of the film, Jane’s scenes will be shot in Los Angeles over the summer of 2011.

In the Night is shot digitally on RED One in 4k.