MURDER FOR TWO Will Play 9 Major US Cities During 2014-15 Season
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, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls Murder For Two "an ingenious miniature musical in the form of a snazzy vaudevillian double act." 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 7, 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.
Roma Torre from NY1 calls Murder For Two "A 90-minute jolt of caffeinated creativity" and Jesse Oxfeld of The New York Observer says "Who would have guessed that murder could be so fun? A noir-tinged detective story elevated to the heights of delicious farce!"
The original cast recording of Murder For Two, produced by Joel Moss and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, was released 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.
Murder For Two was recently published by Samuel French and is available for purchase on their website, www.samuelfrench.com.
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.