You may have heard that the new musical Murder for Two, now playing at the New World Stages, announced today that the production is now selling tickets through July. Take it from me, that's a good thing. I've seen the show twice, and I'm ready to go back for more. (Read my review.) The show is delightful, with a bouncy score and witty lyrics from a new writing team (Joe Kinosian, book and music, Kellen Blair, book and lyrics). The show also features crack comic direction by Scott Schwartz.
The show is a two-hander in which the performers not only play a large variety of characters, they also accompany each other, and sometimes themselves, on the piano. The two actors in question help make the show a delight, namely Brett Ryback as the "detective," and until recently the formidable Jeff Blumenkrantz playing all of the suspects. Author Joe Kinosian has stepped into the role, one which he played for an extended period during the show's extended Chicago run. Blumenkrantz was so iconic, so I'll be very interested to see Kinosian put his personal twist on the role.
If you haven't seen Murder for Two already, here's your chance. I have two tickets to see the show, and they can be yours if you answer the following five questions correctly. In the very likely event that there's more than one person who gets all of the questions right, I will randomly select a winner from all the correct responses. Please answer the questions via the comment function below. (Don't worry: I won't publish anyone's answers until after I select the winner.)
[The contest is now closed. The winner has been selected and notified. Thanks to all who entered. --C.C.]
1. Murder for Two features one performer who plays all of the murder suspects. Which currently running show contains a role in which a performer plays all of the murder victims?
2. In Murder for Two, when we discover who the real killer is, it's a pretty significant surprise. (In other words, I very much doubt that you'll see it coming.) Which other very recent, small-cast, Off-Broadway musical featured a murder for which the actual killer was kind of a shock?
3. Jeff Blumenkrantz has been a working performer in New York for many years, but he's also a successful composer and lyricist. In which short-lived musical did Blumenkrantz make his Broadway debut as a composer?
4. Scott Schwartz is no stranger to directing comic musicals. In which campy, Off-Broadway, bloodbath of a show did Schwartz make his New York City directorial debut?
5. Murder for Two played a previous engagement under he auspices Second Stage Theatre. Which other two-character musical recently enjoyed a revival at the venerable 2ST?