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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 By John Bishop

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 By John Bishop

Directed by Sharon Benge

Performed on Artisan Center Theater’s Second Stage

Located at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas

A backers’ audition for a new musical on a suburban estate turns deadly, with plenty of confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel, in John Bishop’s comedic thriller.

THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 runs January 9, 2020 through January 25, 2020.

           Hurst, Texas, January 7, 2020 – THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 opens at Artisan Center Theater on Thursday, January 9, 2020 and runs through Saturday, January 25, 2020. The 150 seat Second Stage theater is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. Performances are at 7:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 2:30pm and 7:00pm on Saturdays. Reserved seating tickets are $28.00 for adults, $26.00 for seniors, active military and first responders, $22 for students and $15.00 for children 11 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtisanCT.com, or by calling the box office at 817-284-1200.

In December of 1940, an eccentric theatre financier has gathered a team at her mansion in Chappaqua, New York. Everyone believes that they will have a backer’s audition in order to get financing for their newest musical. However, the shadow of the team’s last show hangs over the group–deemed a flop, Manhattan Holiday was ravaged by the “Stage Door Slasher,” a mysterious killer who stabbed chorus girls. The undercover police officer is hoping to flush out the killer from this group of suspects–but the killer has other plans. Throw in blizzard conditions, secret passageways, and some musical snippets to create an Agatha-Christie-meets-Clue formula of whodunnit parody, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is full of delightful slapstick for audiences of all ages.

 

FEATURED IN THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 ARE:

Helsa Wenzel – Julia Welch

Elsa Von Grossenknueten* – Nancy Bartke

Sergeant Michael Kelly – Dan Johnston

Patrick O’Reilly – Brendon Ramsey

Ken DeLaMaize – Geoff Leonard-Robinson

Nikki Crandall – Jessica Chick

Eddie McCuen – David Carroll

Marjorie Bavenstock – Jackie Holt

Roger Hopewell – Robert Hamilton

Bernice Roth – Denise Jasper

*Understudy for Elsa – LeeAnn Ausec

SUMMARY OF THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940:

Who:               Artisan Center Theater’s Second Stage, a 150 seat thrust stage facility

What:             THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940

When:            January 9-25, 2020

Where:           Artisan Center Theater – Second Stage, 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas

Director:         Sharon Benge

Showtimes:   7:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 2:30pm and 7:00pm on Saturdays.

Tickets:          Reserved seats are $28.00 for adults, $26.00 for seniors, active military and first responders, $22 for students and $15.00 for children 11 and under.

Reservations: Call 817-284-1200; website: www.ArtisanCT.com

ABOUT THE THEATER:

Artisan Center Theater produces eight full-scale, Broadway style musicals in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional productions on its 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage. Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children’s Theater produces six children’s shows each year where children perform for children.  As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 100,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday. For more information on Artisan visit www.ArtisanCT.com.

Photographer – Al Smith

Featured in Photos: The cast of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at Artisan Center Theater.

Coming next to Artisan’s Second Stage is

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.

February 7-March 14, 2020

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