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Ghostlight Records Sets Release Date For Original Cast Recording of MURDER FOR TWO

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR

ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
OF THE HIT NEW MUSICAL COMEDY

Murder for Two

STARRING JEFF BLUMENKRANTZ AND BRETT RYBACK

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY JOE KINOSIAN AND KELLEN BLAIR

DIGITAL RELEASE TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
ALBUM IN-STORES TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014

ALBUM RELEASE PARTY TO FOLLOW THE PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014 AT NEW WORLD STAGES

“INGENIOUS! A SNAZZY DOUBLE-ACT.”
–Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT MURDER COULD BE SO FUN? A NOIR-TINGED DETECTIVE STORY ELEVATED TO THE HEIGHTS OF DELICIOUS FARCE!”
–Jesse Oxfeld, The New York Observer

(New York, NY – Tuesday, December 10, 2013) The original cast recording of MURDER FOR TWO, the hit new musical comedy starring Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback, will be released digitally on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Ghostlight Records.  Produced by Joel Moss and executive produced by Kurt Deutsch, the album will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  The physical CD features complete lyrics, never-before-seen photos, a show synopsis by creators Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair and an essay by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. Admission to the album release party is exclusive to ticket holders of the Monday, January 13, 2014 performance of Murder For Two. Sign up to pre-order the original cast recording at www.sh-k-boom.com/murderfortwo.html.

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.  Murder For Two features book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and direction by Scott Schwartz.

Producers Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre recently announced a 10-week extension at New World Stages – Stage 5 (340 West 50th Street). The show, which was originally scheduled to play through Sunday, January 5, 2014, will now play its final performance on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Direct from a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at Second Stage Theatre Uptown (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director and Christopher Burney, Curator and Associate Artistic Director), Murder For Two began performances at New World Stages – Stage 5 on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 and officially opened on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

Murder For Two began previews at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Wednesday, July 10th and officially opened Thursday, July 25th. It was extended twice, due to popular demand, and ultimately played there through Sunday, August 25th.

Charles Isherwood from The New York Times calls Murder For Two, "Ingenious! A snazzy double-act!" 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 performed by two insanely talented quadruple threats!”

Tickets for Murder For Two are available on Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) and at the New World Stages Box Office (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Tickets for Murder For Two are priced at $85 plus a $2 facilities fee. Premium Tickets are priced at $115.00 plus a $2 facilities fee.  Student Tickets are priced at $25 plus a $2 facilities fee, and are available for advance purchase subject to availability. The performance schedule for Murder For Two is as follows: Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

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 choreography by Wendy Seyb.

Murder For Two was developed at The Adirondack Theatre Festival and 42nd Street Moon. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presented the World Premiere Production in May, 2011, which was extended 4 times, running for more than 6 months. Kinosian and Blair were recognized with a 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical.

MURDER FOR TWO ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM TRACK LISTING

1.            “Prelude”

 2.            “Waiting in the Dark”

 3.            “Protocol Says”

4.             Dahlia Whitney

 5.            “A Perfectly Lovely Surprise”

6.            Murray and Barb Flandon

7.            “It Was Her”

 8.            Timmy, Yonkers, and Skid

 9.            “A Lot Woise”

10.          Steph Whitney

 11.          “He Needs a Partner”

12.          Barrette Lewis

 13.          “So What If I Did?”

14.          “A Friend Like You”

 15.          Henry Vivaldi

16.          “Process of Elimination”

 17.          “Steppin’ Out of the Shadows”

 18.          “Finale (He Needs a Partner / Protocol Says)”

 19.          “Finale Ultimo (A Friend Like You)”

ABOUT SH-K-BOOM & GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS

Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 130 records in the last 13 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s biggest stars. Ghostlight recently won the Grammy Award for The Book of Mormon, and released the OBCR of Newsies, the premiere recording of Carrie, the new Grammy-nominated cast recording of Anything Goes, plus the OCRs Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. Other titles on Ghostlight include the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, plus Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone. www.sh-k-boom.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MURDER FOR TWO VISIT:

www.murderfortwomusical.com
www.Facebook.com/MForTwoMusical
Twitter: @MurderFor2

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

Website: www.facebook.com/andrewmcgibbon