Note: The Murder for Two Off-Broadway cast album was reviewed in the April issue of Season 1 of Musical Theatre Magazine.
The hit musical comedy Murder For Two will hit the road this fall, bringing its killer brand of humor to nine major cities across the US.
Featuring book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz, Murder For Two kicked off performances at Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, November 29, 2014, and will officially open on Friday, December 5, 2014, for an engagement through Sunday, December 21, 2014. The full schedule is as follows:
November 29, 2014 – December 21, 2014: Arizona Theatre Company / Tucson, Arizona
December 31, 2014 – January 18, 2015: Arizona Theatre Company / Phoenix, Arizona
January 24, 2015 – March 1, 2015: Old Globe / San Diego, California
March 10, 2015 – March 15, 2015: Temple Theater/ Des Moines, Iowa
March 25, 2015 – April 12, 2015: The Lyric Theatre / Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 22, 2015 – May 17, 2015: Laguna Playhouse / Laguna, California
May 27, 2015 – July 5, 2015: Geffen Playhouse / Los Angeles, California
June 6, 2015 – June 28, 2015: Philadelphia Theatre Company / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 10, 2015 – August 16, 2015: Capital Rep / Albany, New York
Co-creator Joe Kinosian stars in the role(s) of ‘The Suspects’ alongside Ian Lowe as ‘Marcus.’ The two will continue with the show through the Old Globe engagement. Future casting will be announced at a later date.
Everyone is a suspect in Murder For Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.
Produced by Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre, Murder For Two first played New York in a limited summer engagement at Second Stage Theatre Uptown (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director and Christopher Burney, Curator and Associate Artistic Director) in the summer of 2013. It was extended twice, due to popular demand, before transferring to New World Stages for an eight-month run through June 2014. Murder For Two is also currently playing an engagement at Pittsburgh CLO through January 18, 2015.
The original cast recording of Murder For Two, produced by Joel Moss and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, features complete lyrics, never-before-seen photos, a show synopsis by creators Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair and an essay by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.
Murder For Two features choreography by Wendy Seyb, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Jason Lyons, and sound design by Jill BC DuBoff.
Murder For Two was developed at The Adirondack Theatre Festival and 42nd Street Moon. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented the World Premiere Production in May, 2011, which was extended 4 times, running for more than 6 months. Kinosian and Blair were recognized with a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical.
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