Everyone is a suspect in this smart, fast-paced 90 minute musical comedy whodunit. Performed by two actors, playing 13 characters and virtuoso piano, these guys put the ‘laughter’ in ‘manslaughter.’ Help solve the case as you journey through suspense, hilarity, pratfalls, dueling piano playing and the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! Rated PG
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Artistic Staff / Musicians
Laura Jane Collins* (Production Stage Manager) returns to FLMTF for her second season, having started her time in Auburn with last season’s Ghost: The Musical. This season she is happy to be a part of both Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical and Murder for Two. Recent regional credits include: Next to Normal, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, How I Learned to Drive, Stupid F***ing Bird, The Piano Lesson, Chinglish, and Scorched at Syracuse Stage. The Foreigner, Third, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Around the World in 80 Days, 4000 Miles, and Lend Me a Tenor at Hangar Theatre. Dance credits: Ballet on the Edge, Slightly Sinful, and The Nutcracker at Rochester City Ballet (Dir. David Palmer).
Jeff Cox (Music Director) is a New York-based music director and conductor who has performed internationally and on Broadway. His NYC credits include The Band’s Visit (keyboard 2 sub.) and A Letter To Harvey Milk (piano/conductor sub.). He has served as music director and arranger for a number of developmental works including Far From Canterbury, a new musical by award-winning composer Danny K. Bernstein. Other labs and workshops include Crazy For You directed by Susan Stroman and Austen’s Pride (music sup. Kevin Stites). Jeff is the music director for “The Unreachable Stars,” a concert featuring Broadway actors and musicians that have performed throughout China as well as the United States. He has also played on the national tour of Wicked and is a regular music director at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, where he has conducted performances of Mamma Mia, Ghost: The Musical, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, and Always…Patsy Cline. Jeff is a faculty member at AMDA. He holds a Master’s degree in conducting from Ithaca College. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and mentors. www.jeffcoxmusic.com
Tiffany Howard (Costume Designer) is ecstatic to be in her 10th season at FLMTF/MGR! After receiving her MFA from Texas Tech University and then teaching college for 5 years in Missouri, Tiffany found a happy home here in both the summer and Youth Theatre shops where we take on the task of teaching a whole new generation about the power of theatre. You may have seen some of her work in recent seasons, including Holiday Inn, Mamma Mia!, the SALT Award-nominated Guys and Dolls, Parade, Best Little Whorehouse…, and Crazy for You. Favorite designs from past seasons include: Always… Patsy Cline; Oklahoma!; West Side Story; Lost Highway, The Hank Williams Story; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and Cabaret. Thank you to the amazing Costume Shop for all the work and laughter—and for making me look good! And a huge shout out to the Wardrobe Team (lead by Ashley Wilson) who makes miracles happen every day! Couldn’t do this without all of you! As always, a huge thank you and all my love to Geoff Howard – the best darn husband a girl could ask for.
Chelsea Janke (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be back for her second summer at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Previous Merry-Go-Round credits include Parade and Ghost:The Musical (SM Intern). Other Professional credits include Born Yesterday, Nunsense, and Talley’s Folly at New Harmony Theatre (ASM); and Man of La Mancha (PA) and Our Town (SM) at Sacramento Theatre Company. She wants to thank her family and her mentors for their support, the entire Murder for Two team for an incredible process; and Brett Smock and Mike for this opportunity!
Czerton Lim (Scenic Designer) has designed for Merry-Go-Round since 2000 and is ecstatic to be back for his 15th summer season at the Finger Lakes and to be a part of the 60th Season Celebration. Recent MGR credits include last year’s production of Ghost the Musical and Parade, along with Treasure Island, Crazy for You, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty and Little Shop of Horrors, to name a few. His NYC credits include Storm Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, National Asian-American Theatre Company, Theatre Mitu/NYU-Abu Dhabi, and NY Musical Theatre Festival. He currently teaches Scene Design and other related topics at SUNY Fredonia. A proud member of USA local 829, he is originally from the Philippines. www.czlimdesign.com
Dan Ozminkowski (Lighting Designer) MGR: Sixteen productions, including From Here to Eternity and Ghost the Musical. Regional: Smokey Joe’s Café at Arena Stage; Treasure Island, A New Musical at Arkansas Rep; Let Me Down Easy at Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Rep and Berkeley Rep. North American tour: Spirit of Uganda 2010 – 2014. Associate/Assistant: A Night With Janis Joplin, Impressionism & The Ritz (Broadway); Le Reve (Wynn, Las Vegas), Jennifer Muller/The Works (Brazil). Nominated, Barrymore Peco Award. USA 829. BFA, Purchase College; MFA, Parsons. Head of Lighting Design, Illinois State University.
Scott Weinstein (Director) is thrilled to return to the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival where he previously directed Million Dollar Quartet. Scott is a Joseph Jefferson Award winning Director, most recently for his newly conceived “Chamber Version” of Ragtime with Griffin Theatre, where he is an ensemble member. Favorite directing credits include Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Theatre; Rent at Theo Ubique (Jeff Award – Best Director, Best Musical); Murder for Two at Marriott Theatre; Violet (Jeff Nom – Best Director, Best Musical), Bat Boy (Jeff nom-Best Director) and Titanic (Jeff Nom – Best Director, Best Musical) at Griffin Theatre; She Kills Monsters at Steppenwolf Theatre Garage Rep; Seussical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; the world premieres of Baristas at New York International Fringe Festival and Knights of The Sales Office at Adirondack Theatre Festival. He is a company member with Redtwist Theatre where he has directed Frost/Nixon, Circle Mirror Transformation and The Drawer Boy, among others. Scott is the recipient of a Berkshire Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership. He was the Associate and Resident Director for the Broadway National Tour, Las Vegas and Chicago productions of Million Dollar Quartet. He directs the resident production on Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as regional productions across the country. He has developed new work at Pittsburgh CLO, The American Music Theatre Project, The Marriott Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, Porchlight Theatre and others. Proud graduate of Northwestern University and member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.ScottGWeinstein.com
Kellen Blair (Book and Lyrics) is the Drama Desk nominated co.creator of Murder For Two Off-Broadway: Second Stage Theatre and New World Stages. World premiere: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The show is currently touring internationally (with productions in Tokyo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and the UK). Kellen and co-writer Joe Kinosian are the recipients of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical Work in Chicago (2011) and the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/ Lorenz Hart Award (2013). Their work has been showcased on Broadway, the Kennedy Center, and theaters across the country; they’re currently developing an original musical farce with Second Stage Theatre in NYC. Kellen is also the lyricist of Scrooge in Love (42nd Street Moon, 2015 and 2016), for which he and composer Larry Grossman won the 2015 Bay Area Critics Award for Best Score. Updates, videos, song demos, and sheet music can be found at www.kinosianandblair.com.
Joe Kinosian (Book and Music) Joe is the co-recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder for Two as Best New Musical following its record-breaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Joe was also nominated for Best Actor as The Suspects. Murder for Two had its Off-Broadway premiere at Second Stage Uptown. Going on to a year-long run at New World Stages. Joe’s work with Kellen Blair has been showcased at The Kennedy Center, The York Theater, and on Broadway at the Theatre World Awards. Joe received the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Harrington Award from the BMI Workshop. Joe also appeared in Dirty Blonde with Emily Skinner at Hangar Theater and the NYC premiere of Dear Edwina Off-Broadway. www.kinosianandblair.com
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society