MURDER FOR TWO
book and lyrics by Kellen Blair
book and music by Joe Kinosian
directed by Sam Scalamoni
The Julie Harris Stage | July 5 – 27, 2019 | Previews July 3 and 4
Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.
“Undeniably fun! An entertaining, vaudeville-style romp!” – LA Weekly
Sam Krivda is excited to be making his WHAT debut. Favorite credits include Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy/Jerry); Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest (Jan); and Wittenberg (Hamlet).
Matthew McGloin is honored to perform in this joyful show and at WHAT for the first time. New York/Off-Broadway credits include The Hello Girls (OCR, Prospect Theatre Company/59E59), Bastard Jones (The Cell), Casablanca Box (HERE Arts), Xanadu (Piper Theatre), workshops/readings with Tectonic Theater Project, Abingdon Theatre, Dixon Place, Ma-Yi, and The Lark. Regional: The Play That Goes Wrong (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Beautiful Star (Triad Stage), Misalliance, Cinderella (Olney Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Signature Theatre), As You Like It (Folger Theatre), History on Foot (Ford’s Theatre), On the Razzle, A Flea in Her Ear (Constellation Theatre), The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Complete History of America Abridged (Virginia Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Maryland Stage Company), and many world premiere plays and musicals at the Kennedy Center. TV: Primal Instinct (Investigation Discovery). Education: BFA Acting, UMBC. Connect: www.matthewmcgloin.com.
Sam Scalamoni (Director) is the director of the critically acclaimed National Tours of Elf the Musical which has played the Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Kennedy Center. Sam is currently developing the new musicals, A Thousand Faces, based on the life of film legend Lon Chaney, Unbelievable, about baseball legend Jackie Mitchell and a stage adaptation of MGM’s Summer Stock. Sam directed the world premiere national tour of the new musical Noel with book by best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl book series, Eoin Colfer. Sam has a long relationship with the classic musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which he has directed regionally, and he is the Associate Director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for Disney Theatrical Group on Broadway and world-wide, most recently in Shanghai. Sam directed Les Misérables at Cortland Repertory Theatre, winning the SALT Award for Best Director of a Musical and won the Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Play for his direction of Agatha Christie’s An Unexpected Guest also at CRT. He is a founding member and currently serves as the Artistic Director of Skyline Theatre Company, a professional non-profit theatre company in New Jersey.
Gary Adler (Music Director) is a conductor, pianist and composer in New York City. He served as the music director/arranger of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the world-famous Rockettes for eight years. He also music directed Avenue Q for its six year run on Broadway. As a writer, he received two 2005 Drama Desk nominations for his music and lyrics for the off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz. For Disney Channel, he created the musical world for Johnny and the Sprites, starring John Tartaglia. He co-produced and arranged two albums for Broadway’s Telly Leung, and has toured extensively with Chita Rivera. He also arranged the dance music for the Jimmy Buffett musical, Escape to Margaritaville. Other New York playing/conducting credits include The Fantasticks, Urinetown, Hairspray, Kinky Boots, It Shoulda Been You, and Nunsense.
“When a surprise party for a famous novelist ends up in murder, you may think you are in Agatha Christie territory, but, surprise, despite the isolated mansion location, you’re up for a lots of laughs.” Cape Cod Times
“a wacky, playful, wondrous romp through the staid drawing-room murder genre by two piano-playing actors whose on-stage chemistry is perfect and whose talents appear boundless.”
“an Agatha Christie drawing-room mystery on speed.” Ptownie review
“what this exceptionally funny musical murder mystery is really about is an absurd, energetic performance with two actors, [Sam] Krivda and Matthew McGloin (and an [opening night] appearance by local actor Dick Morrill) portraying 13 characters in a campy sendup of the murder mystery genre.” “This is a high -energy work of comic brilliance that is sure to please anyone coming to see it. Any age. Any gender. Any anything.”
The satirical murder mystery “Murder for Two,” fittingly performed by two actors, is a feat of dancing, singing, piano playing, and comedic prowess few actors could master. Sam Krivda and Matthew McGloin seem born for their roles in the hilarious and zany romp….” “WHAT’s “Murder for Two” is an extraordinary affair not to be missed.” Cape Cod Chronicle
“uncannily sharp production” Provincetown Banner
“It’s a joyful and pleasantly ironic experience. Last Saturday, Krivda and McGloin kept the audience’s bond and attention so well, every comic bit hit its mark. On WHAT’s part, this intermission-less romp de deux is counterprogramming to all the foreboding musicals in Outer Cape theaters this summer, and it works splendidly.” Provincetown Banner
Matthew McGloin and Sam Krivda on Arts Week with Candace Hammond: