Jeff Blumenkrantz Will Return to Off-Broadway's Murder for Two
12 Mar 2014
Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback
Photo by Joan Marcus
Original Murder for Two cast member Jeff Blumenkrantz will return to the Off-Broadway musical March 17. Blumenkrantz, recently seen in Sweeney Todd at the New York Philharmonic, takes over for composer Joe Kinosian, who joined the cast Jan. 20.
Blumenkrantz, who will return to the role of The Suspects, reunites with current star Brett Ryback.
Producers Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre present the production, which continues through July 6 at New World's Stage 5. (The production was given a ten-week extension through July 6.)
Blumenkrantz (Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed…, A Class Act) plays a multitude of characters — all suspects — alongside the up-and-coming detective Marcus, played by Ryback (The History Boys at Ahmanson, The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Mark Taper Forum), in the piece, featuring music by Kinosian, lyrics by Kellen Blair and a book by Kinosian and Blair.
Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony, Jane Eyre) directs. Ghostlight Records released the original cast recording of the new musical comedy in stores Feb. 11.
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 (Ryback) investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects (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."
Kinosian and Blair are the recipients of the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award, recognizing Murder for Two as the Best New Musical Work in Chicago following its seven-month run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Prior to Chicago, developmental productions took place at the Adirondack Theater Festival, the Hangar Theater and 42nd Street Moon. Their work has been showcased recently at the York Theater's 2012 NEO Concert, The Kennedy Center's Broadway Today and Tomorrow series, The Kauffman Center's Bound for Broadway concert and a November 2012 New York Theatre Barn Concert. Past work includes Pirates Don't Change Diapers for TheatreWorks USA.
Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Andrea Lauer, lighting designer Jason Lyons and sound designer Jill BC DuBoff.