Murder for Two

Murder for Two is a musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Kellen Blair and book and music by Joe Kinosian. The musical is a whodunit for two actors, who both sing and play an onstage piano. One actor performs the role of a policeman investigating a murder, and the other performs the roles of all the suspects and other characters.[1]

Murder for Two
MusicJoe Kinosian
LyricsKellen Blair
BookKellen Blair, Joe Kinosian

The musical premiered at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2011,[2] where it won a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical.[3] From 2013 to 2014, it ran off-Broadway at the McGinn/Cazale Theater and New World Stages in New York,[4] where it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical,[5] as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.[6] The musical toured the United States in 2015,[7] has been licensed for performances in St. Paul,[8] Fort Worth,[9] Boston,[10] and Seattle,[11] and has been performed abroad in Canada,[12] the United Kingdom,[13] Argentina,[14] and Chile.[15]


  1. ^ Isherwood, Charles (25 August 2013). "In the Musical 'Murder for Two,' One Man Is Many Suspects". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Jones, Chris (17 May 2011). "Without a real killer, this 'Murder' a misdemeanor". The Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ Jones, Chris (7 November 2011). "'Madness' and 'Candide' are top Jeff Award winners". The Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Isherwood, Charles (29 June 2014). "'Murder for Two' Moves to New World Stages". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "2014 Drama Desk Award Nominations - GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Leads with 12; Followed by BRIDGES, FUN HOME, ALADDIN, ROCKY & More". 25 April 2014.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (12 May 2014). "64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Award Winners Announced; Gentleman's Guide Wins Four Awards". Playbill.
  7. ^ Gioia, Michael (2 December 2014). "Whodunit Musical Murder For Two Announces Tour Dates in Nine Cities". Playbill.
  8. ^ "Park Square's 'Murder for Two' is more about fun than mystery". The Pioneer Press. 25 September 2015.
  9. ^ Shaw, Punch (22 November 2016). "'Murder for Two' slays with music and mirth". The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  10. ^ Aucoin, Don (27 November 2016). "A whimsical duo at the scene of the crime in Lyric Stage's 'Murder for Two' - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  11. ^ Brendan, Kiley (4 October 2016). "How to build a theater season — ACT director John Langs takes us behind the scenes". The Seattle Times.
  12. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (29 June 2017). "Stage West's Murder for Two relies on versatile actors in high-energy whodunnit". The Calgary Herald.
  13. ^ Gardner, Lyn (31 January 2017). "Murder for Two review – hotshot duo deliver a musical whodunnit". The Guardian.
  14. ^ ""Asesinato para dos" en el Cultural San Martín". (in Spanish). 8 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Cuti Aste y José Martínez actúan, bailan y cantan en Las Condes". La Tercera (in Spanish). 24 June 2018.

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