Murder for Two, A Killer Musical
"[An] extremely funny and enjoyable valentine to the whodunit."
- Robert Sokol, San Francisco Examiner
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- George Heymont, myculturallandscape.com & contributor for the Huffington Post
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November 3 - 21, 2010
The Eureka Theatre
Music by Joe Kinosian
Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book by Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair
Directed by Scott Weinstein
Presented by special arrangement with Jayson Raitt
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission
A B O U T
Join us for the West Coast Premiere of this hilarious new musical! Take two parts Agatha Christie, mix with one part old-fashioned musical comedy, add a dash of 21st century flair, and you've got Murder For Two, A Killer Musical.
An inspector arrives at an old, dark house to solve a murder and encounters a host of eccentric and cunning suspects. The twist? One actor plays the inspector, the other plays all 13 suspects, and they both play the piano! Reviews from Adirondack Theatre Festival's summer premiere were raves: "Composer Joe Kinosian and lyricist Kellen Blair have... pulled the trigger on a smart and humorous evening of mirthful mystery," wrote one critic. Another described it as "one of the lightest, funniest evenings of theatre this summer" and "an engaging romp, written with knowing wit and performed with flashy exuberance."
Opening Night reception hosted
Glitter and Be Gay receptions
hosted by Elephant & Castle
|C A S T|
|Joe Kinosian* (All Suspects) is a composer, writer, actor, and pianist based out of New York. As a piano-playing actor, he's appeared alongside Emily Skinner in Dirty Blonde (Hangar Theatre) and in Bitch!:The Autobiography of Lady May Lawford (FringeNYC). As an actor minus the piano he's performed in The Hudsucker Proxy (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Beatsville (National Alliance for Musical Theatre). As a music director and pianist minus the lines he's played two extended off-Broadway runs of Dear Edwina (DR2), music directed and arranged the score for the world premiere of Frank Loesser’s Of Mice & Manhattan (Kennedy Center), and worked as dance accompanist on the Broadway production of The Color Purple. As a composer with lyricist Kellen Blair, he's had work produced by Theatreworks USA (Pirates Don't Change Diapers) and Lincoln Center's Holiday Songbook, as well as productions of Murder For Two at the Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Hangar Theatre. Joe received the 2009 Jerry Harrington Award for outstanding creative achievement from the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, of which he is a proud member.|
|Adam Overett* (Officer Marcus Moscowicz) is delighted to be one of the two in Murder for Two ! He has appeared on Broadway and on national tour in The Light in the Piazza, understudying and performing the role of Fabrizio. He also appeared as Neil Kellerman in the national pre-Broadway tour of Dirty Dancing; off-Broadway in the original cast of Junie B. Jones; and in many other productions throughout New York City and the country. His musical Call It Courage (based on Armstrong Sperry’s novel), for which he wrote book, music and lyrics, premiered at the Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin, Texas this spring. His song “My Sky,” performed by Stephanie J. Block (Broadway’s Wicked and 9 TO 5), is featured on the album No More Revivals (Sh-K-Boom Records); and his song “The First Amendment” appears in the musical We the People: America Rocks! (at the Lucille Lortel Theatre this summer, now on national tour). Adam is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop, where he won the 2002 Jerry Harrington Award for Excellence, and has studied musical theater writing with Tony Award-winner Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza) and Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family). Graduate of Yale University. www.adamoverett.com|
|C R E A T I V E|
|Scott Weinstein (Director) is thrilled to make his Bay Area debut with Murder For Two. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Baristas at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival as well as the first full production of Murder For Two at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Other directing credits include Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, Noises Off, Laughing Wild, and the original song cycle Learning to Play (Northwestern University). As an assistant Scott has worked at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre and the Cleveland Playhouse apprenticing under such directors as Jeff Award winners David Bell, Dennis Zacek and Dominic Missimi. Scott is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.|
|Kellen Blair (Book & Lyrics) has written lyrics for the shows Cain and Abel: the Naked Truth, The Ransom of Red Chief (both produced in concert format at the Colony Theatre in Burbank), Pirates Don’t Change Diapers (Theatreworks USA), the film Famous Last Words (produced by Mental Floss Magazine), and a variety of songs that have been featured at Lincoln Center, the Public Theatre, and BMI’s semi-annual “Smoker.” Kellen studied lyric writing at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, is an advanced member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and a participant of the 2010 Johnny Mercer Songwriting Program. He looks forward to several new projects with composer Joe Kinosian.|
Joe Kinosian (Book, Music & Musical Director)
|Mary K. Gabrysiak (Stage Manager) has worked in theater for over 20 years in Wisconsin, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some of her most recent credits include Help Is on the Way XVI, All You Need is Love II, Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation; S.T.A.G.E. 2010, Original Cast, 26th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event; It Ain’t All Confetti, Rip Taylor’s one man show; The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Machinal, and Over the Mountain, Brava! For Women in the Arts; ReOrient 2009, Golden Thread Productions.|
|Cathie Anderson (Lighting Designer) designs lights for dance, theater and special events in the Bay Area and Honolulu. Recent events include the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation’s benefit events at the Herbst and Marines Memorial Theaters (2008-2010), Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Scalpel! and Fou Fou Ha at Brava Theater (2010), Silk Road at the Mexican Cultural Plaza and Keep Her Safe Please at the Cowell Theater (2010).|
|Carole Davis (Sound Design) has been designing and engineering sound systems for more than 35 years. The following is only a partial list of venues in which Ms. Davis has provided her expertise: Woodminster Amphitheatre, Marin Theatre Company, Ohlone College, 42nd Street Moon, Chronicle Pavilion, Lamplighters, Toni Tennille, Jazzschool in Berkeley. Ms. Davis is a proud member of IATSE Local 1, New York, NY.|
|Louise Jarmilowicz (Costumer) is in her fifth season as costumer for 42nd Street Moon. She has been costuming around San Francisco for many years. Other groups with whom she has worked, designing and constructing costumes, include Crowded Fire, the Thrillpeddlers, Handful Players, the African-American Shakespeare Co., Children's Fairyland, Stage Door Conservatory, The Lamplighters, the Dark Room Theater, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and many other local artists. www.jarmodesigns.com|
|Scott Wilber (Set Designer) is a painter, sculptor, designer and teacher living in San Francisco. This is Scott’s second season with 42nd Street Moon, having previously designed Call Me Madam, Destry Rides Again, Jubilee and Lady, Be Good! He’s very excited to be back with the Moon crew again. He was set designer for New Conservatory Theatre’s Theatre District and has been scenic painter to over a dozen shows at New Conservatory Theatre Center and Live Oak School productions since 2000. Visit email@example.com/scott to see more work from him.|
* Member Actor's Equity Association(AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org