If you love the movie “CLUE” you will love The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher." "… Ironically despite it’s name The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 isn't a musical at all.
The play takes place in a mansion in Chappaqua, New York in December 1940, specifically, the library. The mansion is owned by Elsa Von Grossenknueten,
The show boasts another amazing stage design by Chris and Heather Hinrichs that stretches from wall to wall of the Lyric Theatre.
The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people-all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again-and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked-but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is directed by Darrell Whorton who directed the 2013 summer production of “Peter Pan” and assisted by his wife Patty.
Cast members are:
New Come to the Lyric stage - Alex Harris ( theatre veteran from College of the Ozarks)
New comer to the Lyric stage - Anna Young Matlock
Lyric veteran - Braelyn Hunt
Lyric veteran - Carl Adams
Lyric Veteran - David Stewart
Lyric Veteran - Dillon Sweeton
Lyric Veteran - Drew McCormick
Lyric veteran - Kelly Masters
Lyric veteran - Kim Trublood
New Comer to the Lyric Theatre – Michelle Glenn
Lyric veteran - Shelli Renner
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketpeak.com/lyrictheatre or by calling 870-391-3504
Or at the door. Adults $12, students and senior citizens $10, and children 12 and under $8