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MURDER FOR TWO Extends Again Through Aug 25 at Second Stage Uptown

–Charles Isherwood, The New York Times




Book and Music by JOE KINOSIAN

Book and Lyrics by KELLEN BLAIR



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Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) extends its New York premiere musical comedy Murder For Two, with book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and directed by Scott Schwartz yet another week through August 25Murder for Two features Jeff Blumenkrantz (How to Succeed…) and Brett Ryback (The History Boys at Ahmanson).  Previews began on July 10 and opening night was Thursday, July 25.

Murder For Two is presented at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street.  Single tickets are $40 - $50, youth tickets are $30 and student rush tickets are $18 (available 30 minutes prior to curtain).  Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the Second Stage Theatre Box Office at 212-246-4422 or online at

Charles Isherwood from The New York Times raves,"Ingenious! A snazzy vaudevillian double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs." Entertainment Weekly’s Jason Clark states, “Director Scott Schwartz found two aces in Blumenkrantz and Ryback! Murder For Two is a charmingly frenetic all-stops out musical comedy.” And Theatermania proclaims Murder for Two as “Awe-inspiring! An incredible feat of athletic theatricality to behold!”

Mixing classic musical comedy with a dash of Agatha Christie, everyone is a suspect in this house of eccentric characters unfazed by the dead body on the floor. But this whodunit comes with a killer twist: one actor investigates the crime (Brett Ryback), the other plays all thirteen suspects (Jeff Blumenkrantz), and they both play the piano! This madcap mystery will tickle the ivories and your funny bone.

Murder For Two features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Andrea Lauer, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jill BC DuBoff and movement consultation by Wendy Seyb.

Created as a program to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists, the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series (Christopher Burney, Curator & Associate Artistic Director), seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre.  Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget.  Lead funding for Second Stage Uptown Series is provided by the Time Warner Foundation.

The series was among the first established by a prominent Off-Broadway institution to help nurture and advance the careers of young up and coming playwrights.  Since its founding in 2002 the Uptown Series has showcased the works of several established playwrights including Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, “Nurse Jackie”), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO’s “Big Love,” “Glee”), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City), and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering);  actors Gavin Creel, Ari Graynor, Marin Hinkle, Halley Feiffer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lorenzo Pisoni, Tracie Thoms and Tracee Chimo among many others;  and directors Davis McCallum, Trip Cullman, Carolyn Cantor, Evan Cabnet and Jackson Gay.  


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The series premiered in 2002 with three new American plays: …in the absence of spring…, written and directed by Joe Calarco; The Notebook, written by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Evan Yionoulis; and Hunt Holman’s Spanish Girl, directed by Erica Schmidt.  Second Stage Theatre Uptown was on hiatus in 2003 due to theatre repairs.  The 2004 season saw the New York premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Mystery Plays, as well as Brooke Berman’s The Triple Happiness, starring Ally Sheedy.  In 2005, the series presented the New York premiere of the critically acclaimed comedy Swimming in the Shallows, written by Adam Bock and starring Logan Marshall-Green, as well as the world premiere of Dan O’Brien’s The Dear Boy.  The 2006 series featured two world premiere comedies: Getting Home, written by Anton Dudley and directed by David Schweizer, and Rajiv Joseph’s All This Intimacy,directed by Giovanna Sardelli.  The 2007 series featured Marisa Wegrzyn’s The Butcher of Baraboo, directed by Judith Ivey, and Joshua Tobiessen’s Election Day, directed by Jeremy Dobrish. The 2008 series featured Carly Mensch’s Len, Asleep in Vinyl, directed by Jackson Gay, and Rajiv Joseph’s Animals Out of Paper, directed by Giovanna Sardelli.  The 2009 series presented two world premiere plays: Zakiyyah Alexander’s10 Things To Do Before I Die, directed by Jackson Gay, and Lila Rose Kaplan’sWildflower, directed by Giovanna Sardelli.  The 2010 season’s series featured the New York premiere of Michael Golamco’s Year Zero, directed by Will Frears, and the New York premiere production of Leslye Headland’s critically acclaimed hit comedy Bachelorette, directed by Trip Cullman.  The 2011 season featured two world premiere comedies: Michael Mitnick’s Sex Lives of Our Parents, directed by Davis McCallum and Anna Kerrigan’s The Talls, directed by Carolyn Cantor.  Last year’s 10th anniversary season featured two world premiere plays: Alena Smith’s The Bad Guys, directed by Hal Brooks, and Kenneth Lin’s critically acclaimed Warrior Class directed by Evan Cabnet.


Murder For Twois performed at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (Broadway & 76th Street, 3rd floor) through Sunday, August 25 on the following schedule:  Monday-Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturday at 2:00pm.  For the week of August 19 the playing schedule is as follows: TuesdayFriday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the Second Stage Theatre Box Office (305 West 43rd Street) or by calling (212) 246-4422.  Advance tickets are not available at the McGinn/Cazale Theater.  Single tickets are $40 - $50. Youth tickets are $30 and Student rush tickets are $18 (available 30 minutes prior to curtain).
 3-Play subscriptions consisting of Nobody Loves you, Murder for Two and Little Miss Sunshine are available for $125.

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