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The New Detroit Public Theatre to Open This FallThe New Detroit Public Theatre to Open This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

Two seasoned theatre professionals, one from New York and one a Detroit native, have joined forces to launch the Detroit Public Theatre (DPT). Detroit's newest performing arts institution will open in residence at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in October 2015. The inaugural season of Detroit Public Theatre opens with the Michigan Premiere of the dark comedy, American Hero by Bess Wohl, on October 30, 2015. The line up continues through May 2016 in the Robert A. and Maggie Allessee Rehearsal Hall at the Max with three more productions - including Dominique Morisseau's powerful and timely Detroit '67, and From Broadway to Obscurity, a musical journey by Eric Gutman, a homegrown artist and leading Broadway player. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the GeffenMURDER FOR TWO, Starring Original NY Cast, Extends Through Aug 2 at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

The Off-Broadway hit Murder for Two opens tonight (June 3) in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.  The production has now been extended through Sunday, August 2. (more...)

Die Laughing at Philadelphia Theatre Company's MURDER FOR TWO, 6/6-28Die Laughing at Philadelphia Theatre Company's MURDER FOR TWO, 6/6-28
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Murder, musical mayhem and a madcap mystery will be on stage when Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the killer musical MURDER FOR TWO, running June 6-28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets).  With book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, and direction by Scott Schwartz, the hilarious whodunit features a two-man cast, with one actor investigating the crime and the other playing all the suspects -- and both playing the piano.  (more...)

New York Stars of MURDER FOR TWO Set for the Geffen; SWITZERLAND, Starring Laura Linney, Extends AgainNew York Stars of MURDER FOR TWO Set for the Geffen; SWITZERLAND, Starring Laura Linney, Extends Again
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland -- already extended one week -- will extend yet another eight performances by popular demand with a final closing date of April 26, 2015. A world premiere with the Sydney Theatre Company, Switzerland is a Los Angeles Times Arts Editors' "Essential Arts and Culture" Pick and features Laura Linney (Broadway World said she is "pure gold") and Seth Numrich (called "outstanding" by the Los Angeles Times). (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO Will Play 9 Major US Cities During 2014-15 SeasonMURDER FOR TWO Will Play 9 Major US Cities During 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

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. (more...)

Off-Broadway Hit MURDER FOR TWO Completes Geffen Playhouse's 2014-2015 SeasonOff-Broadway Hit MURDER FOR TWO Completes Geffen Playhouse's 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

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. (more...)

Asian American Theater Readings to Begin 6/9 at Second Stage UptownAsian American Theater Readings to Begin 6/9 at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Second Generation Productions, a pioneering incubator and producer of Asian American theater, announced today (June 2) that 2g will launch the Second Stage Residency Series at Second Stage Uptown (Christopher Burney, Curator). This residency will feature readings of 2g's commissions by Anna Moench and Sung Rno & Aaron Jones on June 9 & 16 at 7:00pm, Second Stage Uptown - McGinn Cazale Theater - 2162 Broadway at 76th Street. (more...)

GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, HEDWIG, Neil Patrick Harris & More Win at the 80th Annual Drama League Awards!GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, HEDWIG, Neil Patrick Harris & More Win at the 80th Annual Drama League Awards!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 16, 2014

The 80th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon is being held this afternoon, May 16, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, where winners will be announced for Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award. This year's event, which began at noon, is hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson. BroadwayWorld is updating the winners live! Check back in to find out who took home the big awards! (more...)

2014 Drama League Award Nominations Announced - Shows, Stars & More!2014 Drama League Award Nominations Announced - Shows, Stars & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 23, 2014

Co-Hosts Judith Light and Christopher Sieber announced the nominations for the 2014 Drama League Awards, including Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The 2014 Drama League Nomination announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 80th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 16, 2014 at noon hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (more...)

Joe Iconis Set for MURDER FOR TWO's Murderous Musical Mondays Concert Series, 5/5Joe Iconis Set for MURDER FOR TWO's Murderous Musical Mondays Concert Series, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Award-winning composer and lyricist Joe Iconis will take the stage on Monday, May 5, 2014 at New World Stages as part of MURDER FOR TWO's newly launched concert series Murderous Musical Mondays. The unplugged concert, which will feature both new songs and fan favorites, will take place immediately following the 7pm performance of MURDER FOR TWO at New World Stages (Stage 5 - 340 West 50th Street) on Monday, May 5th, 2014. Admittance to the concert is free to all those with tickets to the May 5th performance of MURDER FOR TWO. Tickets are available now on Telecharge.com. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Meet the Characters of MURDER FOR TWO- DahliaBWW Exclusive: Meet the Characters of MURDER FOR TWO- Dahlia
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 24, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is excited to present a new, three part series showing off some of the exciting characters from Murder For Two, which is currently running at New World Stages. Below, meet Dahlia, played by Jeff Blumenkrantz! (more...)

 BWW Exclusive: Meet the Characters of MURDER FOR TWO- Dr. Griff BWW Exclusive: Meet the Characters of MURDER FOR TWO- Dr. Griff
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 17, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is excited to present a new, three part series showing off some of the exciting characters from Murder For Two, which is currently running at New World Stages. Below, meet Dr. Griff, played by Jeff Blumenkrantz! (more...)

Original Cast Member Jeff Blumenkrantz Will Return to Off-Broadway's MURDER FOR TWO Next WeekOriginal Cast Member Jeff Blumenkrantz Will Return to Off-Broadway's MURDER FOR TWO Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Producers Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre announced today that Murder For Two original cast member Jeff Blumenkrantz will be returning to the hit musical comedy, reprising his role of 'The Suspects' beginning Monday, March 17, 2014. Blumenkrantz, fresh from the critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd at New York Philharmonic, is taking over for composer Joe Kinosian, who joined the cast on Monday, January 20, 2014. Blumenkrantz reunites with current star Brett Ryback in the original musical featuring book and music by Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz. The New York production of Murder For Two began performances at New World Stages on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, officially opened on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 and recently extended to July 6, 2014. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Meet the Characters of MURDER FOR TWO- Officer MarcusBWW Exclusive: Meet the Characters of MURDER FOR TWO- Officer Marcus
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 10, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com is excited to present a new, three part series showing off some of the exciting characters from Murder For Two, which is cuurently running at New World Stages. Below, meet Officer Marcus, played by Brett Ryback! (more...)

Ryan Scott Oliver to Kick Off MURDEROUS MUSICAL MONDAYS Concert Series at MURDER FOR TWO on 3/24Ryan Scott Oliver to Kick Off MURDEROUS MUSICAL MONDAYS Concert Series at MURDER FOR TWO on 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The cast and creative team of the hit Off-Broadway musical Murder For Two are teaming up with some of New York's brightest up and coming composers and BroadwayWorld.com every Monday night for their spring concert series, Murderous Musical Mondays. Composer Ryan Scott Oliver will launch the series on Monday, March 24th, 2014, immediately following the 7pm performance of Murder For Two at New World Stages (Stage 5 - 340 West 50th Street). (more...)

Photo Coverage: MURDER FOR TWO Celebrates Album Release at Barnes & NoblePhoto Coverage: MURDER FOR TWO Celebrates Album Release at Barnes & Noble
by Jennifer Broski - Feb 12, 2014

Just yesterday, Barnes & Noble celebrated the release of the new Ghostlight Records cast recording MURDER FOR TWO with a special in-store performance and CD signing Hosted by MURDER FOR TWO creators Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, the special event featured performances by original cast members Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO Cast Set to Solve Mysteries of Love at LOVE: THE CONCERT on February 10MURDER FOR TWO Cast Set to Solve Mysteries of Love at LOVE: THE CONCERT on February 10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

Love is in the air at Murder For Two! Join the cast and creative team of the hit musical comedy along with friends and special guests as they attempt to solve the mysteries of love at Love: The Concert on February 10, 2014 at New World Stages (Stage 5 - 340 West 50th Street) immediately following the 7pm performance. Love: The Concert is presented in partnership with BroadwayWorld.com. Admittance to the concert is free to all those with tickets to the February 10th performance of Murder For Two. Tickets are available now on Telecharge.com. (more...)

Off-Broadway's MURDER FOR TWO Extends at New World Stages Through 7/6Off-Broadway's MURDER FOR TWO Extends at New World Stages Through 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Producers Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre announced today another extension for Murder For Two - the hit musical comedy that gets some of New York's biggest laughs from a piano and two multi-talented performers in what Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls "an ingenious miniature musical in the form of a snazzy vaudevillian double act." Murder For Two, currently starring Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback, will extend its engagement at New World Stages (Stage 5 - 340 West 50th Street) to Sunday, July 6, 2014. Featuring book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz, the show began performances at New World Stages on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 and officially opened on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. (more...)

Ghostlight Releases MURDER FOR TWO Cast Recording TodayGhostlight Releases MURDER FOR TWO Cast Recording Today
by Courtnie Mele - Jan 14, 2014

The original cast recording of Murder for Two, the hit new musical comedy starring Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback, will be released digitally today, January 14, 2014 by Ghostlight Records. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO to Host Album Release Party at New World Stages, 1/13MURDER FOR TWO to Host Album Release Party at New World Stages, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

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. (more...)

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