Full Length Musical
Mystery/Thriller, Parody / Spoof
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1930s, 19th Century
Settings Of Play -
Late spring, 1935. Rancour's Retreat - The country estate of Lord Dudley Rancour, located on an island in the middle of a lake, somewhere in the English lake district. An entrance hall not like any entrance hall one has ever seen.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music, Special Effects
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle
Alcohol, No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Olivier, From Broadway, From West End
Nominee! Olivier Award, Best Musical of the Year, 1977
Nominee! 2 Joseph Jefferson Awards, 1973
A zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and musical styles of the English music hall of the '30s. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country house during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they're picked off by cleverly fiendish devices. As the bodies pile up in the library, the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit.
"The audience adored the show." - The New York Times
"Engaging, funny, refreshing and original." - New York Post
"An enchanting spoof." - New York Daily News
"Both a spoof and a tribute to Agatha Christie ... played with fine tuned, flamboyantly melodramatic affectations." - Los Angeles Times
Something's Afoot premiered at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta in 1972, and was then produced at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut, at the American Theatre in Washington, D.C., and by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The play opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City on May 27, 1976. It was produced by Emanuel Azenberg, Dasha Epstein, and John Mason Kirby. It was directed and choreographed by Tony Tanner. It was subsequently produced on the West End at the Ambassadors Theatre in London in 1977.