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MURDER FOR TWO to Host Album Release Party at New World Stages, 1/13

MURDER FOR TWO to Host Album Release Party at New World Stages, 1/13

The original cast recording of Murder for Two, the hit new musical comedy starring Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback, with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, will be released digitally on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Ghostlight Records. To celebrate, the cast and creative team of Murder for Two are throwing an album release party immediately following the 7pm performance on Monday, January 13, 2014 at New World Stages. All ticket-holders for the Monday, January 13, 2014 performance of Murder for Two will receive exclusive access to the party, which will include never before seen performances by the cast and creative team and light refreshments.

Produced by Joel Moss and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, the original cast recording of Murder for Two will be available digitally on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and in stores everywhere music is sold on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The physical CD 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.

Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor (Brett Ryback) investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects (Jeff Blumenkrantz) 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. Murder for Two features book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz.

Producers Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre recently announced a 10-week extension at New World Stages - Stage 5 (340 West 50th Street). The show, which was originally scheduled to play through Sunday, January 5, 2014, will now play its final performance on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Direct from a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at Second Stage Theatre Uptown (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director and Christopher Burney, Curator and Associate Artistic Director), Murder for Two began performances at New World Stages - Stage 5 on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 and officially opened on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

Murder For Two began previews at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Wednesday, July 10th and officially opened Thursday, July 25th. It was extended twice, due to popular demand, and ultimately played there through Sunday, August 25th.

Charles Isherwood from The New York Times calls Murder for Two, "Ingenious! A snazzy double-act!" Entertainment Weekly's Jason Clark states, "Director Scott Schwartz found two aces in Blumenkrantz and Ryback! Murder for Two is a charmingly frenetic all-stops out musical comedy." And TheaterMania proclaims Murder for Two as "Awe-inspiring! An incredible feat of athletic theatricality to behold performed by two insanely talented quadruple threats!"

Tickets for Murder for Two are available on (212-239-6200) and at the New World Stages Box Office (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets for Murder for Two are priced at $85 plus a $2 facilities fee. Premium Tickets are priced at $115.00 plus a $2 facilities fee. Student Tickets are priced at $25 plus a $2 facilities fee, and are available for advance purchase subject to availability. The performance schedule for Murder for Two is as follows: Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

Murder For Two features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jill BC DuBoff and choreography by Wendy Seyb.

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.


1. "Prelude"

2. "Waiting in the Dark"

3. "Protocol Says"

4. Dahlia Whitney

5. "A Perfectly Lovely Surprise"

6. Murray and Barb Flandon

7. "It Was Her"

8. Timmy, Yonkers, and Skid

9. "A Lot Woise"

10. Steph Whitney

11. "He Needs a Partner"

12. Barrette Lewis

13. "So What If I Did?"

14. "A Friend Like You"

15. Henry Vivaldi

16. "Process of Elimination"

17. "Steppin' Out of The Shadows"

18. "Finale (He Needs a Partner / Protocol Says)"

19. "Finale Ultimo (A Friend Like You)"

ABOUT SH-K-BOOM & Ghostlight Records: Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings - building a library of over 130 records in the last 13 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway's biggest stars. Ghostlight has won two Grammy Awards (for The Book of Mormon & In the Heights) and is a frequent nominee, most recently for the OBCR of Disney's Newsies and new cast recording of Anything Goes. Other notable recent releases include Pippin, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Hands on a Hardbody, plus The Last Five Years, Giant, Dogfight, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and the premiere recording of Carrie. The label has also released solo albums from some of Broadway's biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Additional titles on Ghostlight include Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone. Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the upcoming film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. It is expected for release this year.

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