Kellen and Joe Christmastime Show Concludes Murderous Musical Mondays at New World Stages Dec. 16

By Michael Gioia
16 Dec 2013

Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback
Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback
Photo by Joan Marcus

The annual Kellen and Joe Christmastime Show, featuring selections from Murder for Two songwriters Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's songbook as well as a handful of holiday tunes, concludes Murderous Musical Mondays — a new concert series at New World Stages, Stage 5 following the 7 PM performances of Off-Broadway's Murder for Two — Dec. 16.

Performers include Joe Kinosian, Kellen Blair, Jill Abramovitz, Brett Ryback, Lucy Braid, Matthew Marks, Deborah S. Craig, Phoebe Hunt and Anna Marquardt.

Admission to the post-show "singback" is exclusive to ticket holders of the Dec. 16 performance of Murder For Two. A portion of ticket sales benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Murderous Musical Mondays showcases the musical theatre writing of Murder For Two cast members Jeff Blumenkrantz, Brett Ryback and Adam Overett and music director David Caldwell. The show's writers, Kinosian and Blair, also share some of their favorite non-Murder For Two selections.



Directed by Scott Schwartz, Murder for Two is playing an extended engagement through March 16, 2014. Performances at New World Stages began Oct. 23, prior to an official opening Nov. 6.

The New York premiere of the musical comedy — seen this summer in Second Stage Theatre's 2013 Uptown Series — opened July 25, following previews that began July 10. The extended engagement played through Aug. 25 at Second Stage's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street.

Here's how the musical is billed: "Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor (Brett Ryback) investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects (Jeff Blumenkrantz) and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs."

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording in early 2014.

For more information, visit MurderForTwoMusical.com.