WhoDunit… The Musical

WhoDunit ... The Musical

WHODUNIT… THE MUSICAL

Written by Ed Dixon

Run Time: 90 min
Cast:
3F, 3M
Orchestration:
Keyboard, Reeds, Bass, Percussion
Set Requirements: Unit Set


Synopsis

WHODUNIT… THE MUSICAL, A wealthy spinster and her cockney maid take a beautiful Connecticut summer home in 1931. When they arrive, all the help has quit, except for a very odd butler who tells them that something “strange” is going on. They are soon joined by the spinster’s niece who’s brought a friend from school… a “friend” who turns out to be a young man! Heavens! As they settle in for the night, a strange face appears at the window and someone tries to break in. Then after they’ve turned in for the night, a gun shot sounds and the body of a total stranger is found lying in the middle of the living room. Then another. A very austere detective arrives and things get REALLY strange… and funny. WHODUNIT… THE MUSICAL is a tuneful, hilarious romp that’s part mystery, part drawing room farce and all musical comedy.



Past Productions

Huntsville Community Chorus Assoc.
Huntsville, Alabama
June 2016

Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Tigard, Oregon

Cider Mill Playhouse
Endicott, New York

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse
Rock Island, Illinois

Theatre Arlington
Arlington, Texas

The Whole Backstage
Boaz, Alabama

Barton College Theatre
Wilson, North Carolina

Clague Playhouse
Westlake, Ohio

Oregon Cabaret Theatre
Ashland, Oregon

Beloit Civic Theatre
Beloit, Wisconsin

Clarke Area Arts Council
Osceola, Iowa

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  • Thanks to playwright Ed Dixon, there are some delicious one-liners… Dixon, who also wrote the words and music, gives his performers mouths-full of lyrics at times – occasionally drifting into Gilbert and Sullivan or Sondheim territory – You don’t need to be a sleuth to realize it all adds up to an enjoyable evening.

    Quad City Times

  • Mr. Dixon has a way with clever lyrics and sophisticated music. The strength of the musical emerges more in the solid, boldly drawn characters and simple, time-honored story. Though the love at the core of the story is genuine, the send-ups of the plot’s conventions are knowing and witty. ‘Whodunit… The Musical’ is a frothy, satisfying dessert of a show – not too deep or substantial, but then again, that’s not what the classic recipe calls for.

    Quad City Times

 

Demo recording with Ian Schugel on piano



Preview of Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse production


Denny Hitchcock from Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse discusses their production