The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

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by John Bishop
     
 

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people�all of which… See more details below

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The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people�all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again�and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked�but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

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Editorial Reviews

NY Magazine
MURDERS is the intelligent person's kind of nonsense.
NY Post
...enormous fun...Its strength comes in part from the sheer diamond wit and diamante showbiz glitter of Bishop's writing. Even his corn is succulently served.
NY Times
...a kind of crossbreeding of Charles Ludlam and Terrence McNally seasoned with a soupcon of NOISES OFF.
Village Voice
...Bishop gives us a nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted murder-mystery plot, with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness...it's hugely enjoyable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822207924
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1987
Pages:
80

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