Off-Broadway Hit MURDER FOR TWO Completes Geffen Playhouse's 2014-2015 Season
The Off-Broadway hit Murder for Two is the eighth and final play to be announced in the 2014-2015 Geffen Playhouse season. The new musical will run from May 27 through July 7, 2015 in the Geffen Playhouse's intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Murder for Two, in which everyone is a suspect, is 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! This 90-minute whodunit is a zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.
Featuring book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz, Murder for Two was nominated for the 2014 Drama League (Outstanding Production of a Musical), Outer Critics Circle (Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical), Drama Desk (Outstanding Book of a Musical), and Off-Broadway Alliance (Outstanding New Musical) Awards.
Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of great American novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed ... fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the change to prove his sleuthing skills - with the help of his silent partner, Lou.
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 extended four times and ran for more than six months. Kinosian and Blair were recognized with a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical. The show then played 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) and at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in July 2013 before transferring Off-Broadway to New World Stages.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called Murder for Two, "Ingenious! A snazzy double-act." NY1 said, "A must see 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity!"
Murder for Two completes the eight-play 2014-2015 Geffen Playhouse season including four West Coast premieres and two world premieres. Previously announced productions include the West Coast premiere of Choir Boy written by 2013 MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Trip Cullman; The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, written by Scott Carter and directed by Matt August; the world premiere of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, directed by Trevor Hay; the West Coast premiere of The Night Alive, written by Olivier and Tony nominee Conor McPherson and directed by Geffen Playhouse artistic director Randall Arney; the Geffen Playhouse-commission and co-world premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland with the Sydney Theatre Company; the West Coast premiere of The Power of Duff, written by Stephen Belber and helmed by Huntington Theatre Company's Artistic Director Peter DuBois; and the West Coast premiere of Bad Jews, written byJoshua Harmon and directed by Matt Shakman.
Murder for Two is currently only available as part of a subscription though single tickets to all 2014-2015 Geffen Playhouse season productions will go on-sale tomorrow, July 1, 2014 at 10:00am. Single ticket prices for Murder for Two range from $59-$74.
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