Murder for Two Musical Gets Another Shot — a Second Extension — in Chicago

News   Murder for Two Musical Gets Another Shot — a Second Extension — in Chicago
The run of the two-actor Murder for Two — A Killer Musical has been extended a second time, getting five additional weeks, now to Sept. 4, at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

The earlier extension was to July 31. Investors have been circling the show to give it life elsewhere. Created by Joe Kinosian (music and book) and Kellen Blair (lyrics and book), the "90-minute Agatha Christie-like whodunit musical comes with a surprising twist: one actor plays the inspector, the other plays all ten suspects, and both play the piano." The Sun-Times critic called the score "deft pastiche."

Staged by CST veteran director David H. Bell, the Chicago premiere features the show's co-creator Kinosian playing the slew of quirky would-be criminals and Chicago favorite Alan Schmuckler performing the role of the inspector.

Murder for Two — A Killer Musical creators Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair met in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where they are advanced members. Kinosian received a Jerry Harrington Award for Creative Excellence from the BMI Foundation in 2009.

Previews began May 12 toward a May 17 opening for a run first scheduled to June 19. Like CST's current musical The Adventures of Pinocchio, Murder for Two was developed at CST under the guidance of CST creative producer Rick Boynton.

Tickets for Murder for Two — A Killer Musical, Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, are $25-$30. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater's box office at (312) 595-5600 or visit the Theater's website at For more about the musical, visit

Alan Schmuckler and Joe Kinosian
Alan Schmuckler and Joe Kinosian Photo by Liz Lauren
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