PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Murder For Two Songwriters Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair Pick Songs About "Murder and Mayhem"

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15 Jan 2014

Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Ghostlight Records digitally released the original cast recording of the Off-Broadway musical comedy Murder for Two Jan. 14. In celebration of the album release, songwriters Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair pick songs about "Murder and Mayhem" as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

The album is produced by Joel Moss, with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer. To order, click here. For other theatrical merchandise, visit the Playbill Store

The physical CD, scheduled to hit shelves Feb. 11, will feature complete lyrics, never-before-seen photos, a show synopsis by creators Kinosian and Blair and an essay by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz.

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."

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.

As previously reported, composer Kinosian will reprise his Jefferson Award-nominated performance as The Suspects in Murder For Two beginning Jan. 20. He will succeed Jeff Blumenkrantz, who will play his final performance Jan. 19, 2014.

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