Comedy for Two: Hilarious Duos in History

By JORDAN LUSINK, Communications Coordinator

Murder for Two is a murder mystery musical that is also filled with laughs. In this round up, we look at some of the other great comedy pairings in recent history.

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy were big during the early Classic Hollywood period, especially in the 1920s into the 1940s. The bowler-hatted duo were Englishman Stan Laurel and American Oliver Hardy. They were especially known for their slapstick comedy, and appeared in over 100 films together.

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Whodunit?

By ALBERT EVANS, 5th Avenue Artistic Associate

A cloud obscures the moon. A window shatters. A woman screams. Silence. Then…a car speeds away.

There has been a murder!

Never fear: the Great Detective is on the case, aided by a faithful but slightly befuddled companion.

Through the Detective’s keen powers of deduction and extensive knowledge of ceramics, pipe tobaccos, etc., the time has come to pin the crime on the perpetrator. All the suspects are brought together in one room to answer the question on everyone’s mind—

WHODUNIT?

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“Steppin’ Out of the Shadows:” An Interview with Murder for Two’s Kellen Blair

By KWAPI VENGESAYI, 5th Avenue Community Engagement Specialist

Murder for Two is a hilarious musical comedy to die for. It received rave reviews during a record-breaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater prior to a critically-acclaimed run Off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown. Called “Ingenious” by The New York Times, it is the perfect blend of murder, music and mayhem! In an interview with lyricist and co-writer Kellen Blair we get a little bit more insight into the show’s creation and success.

Joe Kinosian (left) and Kellen Blair (right)

Do you have any prior connections to The 5th and/or ACT?
I grew up in Seattle and most of my family still lives here (all proud subscribers at 5th Avenue, thank you very much). And interestingly enough, my very first theater experience was at ACT. I was two years old and my parents took me to see A Christmas Carol. It was a terrible idea because the sight of Jacob Marley had me screaming my head off and made everybody hate us, I’m sure. But I’ve been back every year since (and the screaming has definitely mellowed since then). So you can imagine, having my show here, the first theater I set foot in, is extremely meaningful to me. It’s also meaningful to my mom, who has been waiting for this day since our first reading seven years ago. Actually, when I found out Murder for Two was going to New York, I told my mom, and her response was, “Does that mean it’ll be coming to Seattle anytime soon?”

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Tony Award Nominees and Winners in Our 2016/17 Season

Our 2016/17 Season is full of Tony nominees and winners. Take a look at the nominations and wins for each of the shows. (Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is a brand new musical so it hasn’t been nominated or won any awards…yet!)

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Announcing Our 2016/17 Season!

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Man of La Mancha

Not Seen on Our Stage in 20 Years!
October 7 – 30, 2016

Book by: Dale Wasserman
Music by: Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by: Joe Darion
Directed by: Allison Narver

One of the most epic and enduring musicals of all time, Man of La Mancha is a glorious affirmation of the unyielding resilience of the human spirit that will leave you breathless.

Inspired by one of the greatest novels in Western literature, Man of La Mancha enters the mind and world of the mad knight Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. In a tale told by Cervantes himself in defense of his life’s work, Quixote is, against all odds, a man who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair.

Featuring stirring classic songs including “The Impossible Dream,” Man of La Mancha is a multi-Tony Award®-winning theatrical masterpiece that blurs the line between dreams and reality in a powerful celebration of the imagination.

 

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney’s Classic Brought to Life
November 23 – December 31

Music by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Doug Wright
Directed by: Glenn Casale

This holiday season, join us “Under the Sea” at The 5th Avenue Theatre for this spectacular production of the Broadway musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Headstrong Ariel is no longer content to live on the ocean floor under her father, King Triton’s, rule. Convinced she’ll only find happiness on land, she sets off to find a world where she belongs, battling a sea witch and finding true love along the way.

Adults and children alike will revel in the Academy Award®-winning hits by the legendary Alan Menken including “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” This spectacular new production will feature dazzling costumes, a stunning pop-up book inspired set and visual effects that are pure magic. So trade in your fleece for flippers this winter and make Disney’s The Little Mermaid part of your world.

 

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The Pajama Game

First Time at The 5th!
February 9 – March 5, 2017

Music & lyrics by: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Book by: George Abbott & Richard Bissell
Based on the novel 7 ½ cents by: Richard Bissell
Directed by: Bill Berry

Things are getting steamy at the Sleep Tite Pajama factory where handsome new superintendent Sid Sorokin is falling hard for Babe Williams, the all-too-alluring union rep. But sparks really fly when the workers go on strike for a 7½-cent pay raise, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

The show that defined Fosse style with seductive dance numbers such as “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” this critically acclaimed musical won three Tony Awards® including Best Choreography and Best Musical. The swinging score includes the timeless hits “Hey There (You with The Stars in Your Eyes)” and “There Once Was a Man” performed by a sensational Seattle cast. Don’t miss The Pajama Game done as only The 5th can do it.

 

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Murder for Two

Northwest Premiere!
A Co-Production with ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
March 25 – June 4, 2017

Book by: Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair
Lyrics by: Kellen Blair
Music by: Joe Kinosian

Get ready for a musical comedy to die for!

Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two—a drop-dead funny murder mystery musical with a twist: One actor investigates the crime; the other plays all the suspects—and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this ninety-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Called “Ingenious” by The New York Times, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of murder, music and mayhem!

 

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The Secret Garden

A Co-Production with D.C.’s The Shakespeare Theatre Company
April 14 – May 6, 2017

Book & lyrics by: Marsha Norman
Music by: Lucy Simon
Directed by: David Armstrong
Based on the novel by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Welcome to the hauntingly beautiful world of The Secret Garden, where hope is found blooming in the discovery of a magical garden long locked-away. Based on the beloved novel, The Secret Garden follows recently orphaned ten year old Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle in a crumbling mansion on the Yorkshire moors. When she discovers the key to a neglected garden, Mary renews life for herself and her sickly cousin, bringing the weary estate and its occupants back to exuberant life with the full force of spring.

With book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, this captivating show will mesmerize audiences of all ages and transport you to a world where beauty and love blossom, and a forgotten seed of life can still flourish.

 

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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

World Premiere!
June 8 – July 2, 2017

Music & lyrics by: Gwendolyn Sanford & Brandon Jay
Book by: Robin Schiff
Directed by: Kristin Hanggi
Choreographed by: Kelly Devine

Two of the quirkiest and most endearing best friends in pop culture will make their musical theater debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre this season. Join us at the world premiere of the totally awesome new musical, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, based on the 1997 cult hit film. Romy and Michele are two inseparable best friends whose relationship is put to the test when they invent fake careers to impress people at their 10-year high school reunion.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion features a creative team including Rock of Ages’ Kristin Hanggi and Kelly Devine, as well as a book by the film’s screenwriter, Robin Schiff. With an all new ‘80s and ‘90s pop-rock-inspired score, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is totally, like, the coolest thing since the invention of Post-its®.

 

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Fun Home

2015 Tony Award® Winner
July 11 – 30, 2017

Music by: Jeanine Tesori
Book & lyrics by: Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by: Alison Bechdel
Directed by: Sam Gold

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (New York Times).

You can get seven shows for the price of 6, and FREE parking, if you subscribe to our full season! We also have special subscription prices for those under 35. For more information, and to subscribe to our 2016/17 Season, click here.