Murder For Two

Murder For Two Tickets

Murder for Two is a musical comedy, and murder mystery. Written by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, it revolves around only two characters; one character is the police officer while the other character plays all the suspects. Premiering in 2011, the play has been both critically acclaimed and has been a commercial success. It moved to the New World Stages Theater in October 2013, where it is scheduled to run for several months. To catch this unique and highly entertaining musical, get Murder for Two tickets and watch this spectacular whodunit live.

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Murder for Two


Scott Schwartz


New World Stages: Stage 5

A witty homage to the murder mysteries of yesteryear, this musical is a theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. According to the New York Times, it is “Ingenious!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.” 

Production History:

The musical was a brainchild of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, who developed the play at the Adirondack Theater Festival and 43nd Street Moon. Kinosian composed the music and Blair penned the lyrics, while they both wrote the book for the musical. The first production of the musical premiered at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in May, 2011 and became a huge success. The musical’s original run was extended four times and it ran for six months.

Following its success in Chicago in July, 2013, the play opened in New York at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. Once again it was a huge success and its run was extended twice on popular demand. The musical has now been moved to the New World Stages, where it is expected to run till March.

About the Play:

The musical revolves around a small town police officer, Marcus Moscowicz, whose main ambition on life is to solve a major case and become detective. It seems his chance is finally here as Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney has just been shot dead at his own surprise birthday party. Marcus has only an hour to solve the crime, because that’s how long it will take for the nearest detective to reach the crime scene.

The suspects include Dahlia Whitney, Arthur Whitney’s wife, Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina and Dr. Giff, the friendly psychiatrist. On Marcus’s side we have his silent partner Lou.

All hell breaks loose, when Marcus starts investigating the crime. More so because there are only two characters on stage and they portray thirteen different people. The ninety minute production has all the elements of an entertaining blockbuster: murder, music and mayhem.

The Team:

Apart from the music and lyrics duo of Kinosian and Blair, the creative team also includes director Scott Schwartz, scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Andrea Lauer, music director David Caldwell and choreographer Wendy Seyb. The two actors in the musical are Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback.

Schwartz is an established Broadway director renowned for directing plays like Jane Eyre and Golda’s Balcony. His off-Broadway work is also very impressive and features Bat Boy: The Musical, The Foreigner, Kafka’s The Castle and No Way to Treat a Lady. His other work includes directing the world premiere of Secondhand Lions and the world premiere of What We’re Up Against.

Jeff Blumenkrantz plays the role of the suspects in the play. He is a seasoned Broadway actor, who has appeared in plays like Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, Damn Yankees and A Class Act. Jeff has also appeared in a number of television shows and is also a musical theater composer/lyricist with a Tony Award nomination under his belt.

Brett Ryback plays Marcus, the aspiring police officer. An actor, playwright and composer, his resume includes plays like History Boys, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Prince of Atlantis, Henry VOn Your Toes! and Over the Tavern. Ryback has also written number of plays himself, many of which have been highly critically acclaimed.

Interesting Facts:

  • Murder for Two won the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical.
  • Composer Joe Kinosian acted in the original production of Murder for Two and was nominated for Best Leading Actor for portraying the suspects.
  • Actor Jeff Blumenkrantz’s television credits include appearances on shows like “Ugly Betty”, “Law and Order”, “30 Rock” and “Will and Grace”.
  • Actor Brett Ryback’s television credits include shows like “House”, “Cupid” and “How I Met Your Mother”.
  • Brett Ryback’s own play, Darling, won the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award and was featured on NBC’s, “The Apprentice”.