Off-Broadway's Murder for Two, With Joe Kinosian and Brett Ryback, Extends Into July
By Michael Gioia
The Off-Broadway musical Murder For Two, starring the show's composer (Joe Kinosian) and Brett Ryback, has extended its engagement at New World Stages (Stage 5) through July 6, producers Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre announced Jan. 27.
The production was originally scheduled to play a limited engagement through Jan. 5 and extended through March 16. Murder For Two features book and music by Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz.
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The show, which began performances Oct. 23, 2013, prior to an official opening Nov. 6, stars Ryback as Marcus and Kinosian as The Suspects.
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 (Kinosian) 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 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 choreographer Wendy Seyb, scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Andrea Lauer, lighting designer Jason Lyons and sound designer Jill BC DuBoff.
For more information, visit MurderForTwoMusical.com.
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