A Play Written by John Bishop
Licensed by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Running Time: 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission
Suggested Ages – Recommended for ages 12 and up
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
SEPTEMBER 7, 8, 14, 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
SEPTEMBER 8, 9, 15, 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Midnight, 1940. A snowstorm encroaches upon the estate of a wealthy philanthropist, a patron of the arts, who has called together a famous songwriting team, an iconic director, a Broadway producer, and a pair of theater wannabes. They think that they are pitching the next musical extravaganza when, in fact, they have been summoned in order to discover the “Stagedoor Slasher,” a madman (or madwoman) who killed three chorus girl dancers, and just might kill again. Throw in some Nazi spies, cross-dressing psychopaths, and a bumbling police detective, and you have a murder-mystery-comedy with a vintage flair to boot. An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of “show biz” and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery.