A small town policeman with big dreams of making it to detective gets his chance when a writer is killed and the nearest detective is an hour away. The fateful night of murder, sleuth and a short amount of time is the premise for the latest production to hit the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.
Known as the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder, “Murder for Two” is tackled by two actors, one of which who plays 13 suspects all on his own. Actor Noel Carey takes on the challenge playing the scene-stealing wife, the prima ballerina, and the overly-friendly psychiatrist and the piano all in a 90 minute performance.
Carey describes it as a musical unlike any other musical you’ve ever seen before. “It’s called ‘Murder for Two’ because there’s just the two of us,” Carey said. “I would describe it as if the Marx Brothers tried to solve an Agatha Christie murder and they make things worse very easily,” he added.
Actor Anthony Norman takes on the role of Officer Marcus Moscowicz and he says that part of what makes the role so interesting is the adventure he finds himself on when dealing with each of the different suspects set forth in front of him played by Carey.
“…He makes my job a lot easier in deciphering who these characters are and making me struggle to find out where I’m at in my investigation …” Norman said.
Both actors stay on stage throughout the entire production with minimal changes made. Carey describes them as two Tasmanian devils live on stage night after night. Everyone is a suspect when they hit the stage in what can best be described as two guys who put the laughter in manslaughter.
You can see “Murder For Two” at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival from August 29 through September 15 at the Merry Go Round Playhouse in Emerson Park in Auburn. For more information and tickets, call (315) 255-1785 or visit FingerLakesMTF.com for more.