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Something's Afoot - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Something's Afoot

Robert Gerlach, Ed Linderman, David Vos, James A. Mcdonald

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573680724

Book, Music and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach
Additional Music by Ed Linderman

"Engaging, funny, refreshing and original." - New York Post
"An enchanting spoof." - New York Daily News
A zany, entertaining show that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries and musical styles of past years.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

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

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

6m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

All of the characters are British stereotypes: two of them, Lettie and Flint, are Cockney. The situation is farcical, but, because the plot is a murder mystery, the characters should play the play for real.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

LETTIE - the saucy maid
FLINT - the caretaker
CLIVE - the butler
HOPE LANGDON - the ingenue
DR. GRAYBURN - the family doctor
NIGEL RANCOUR - the dissolute nephew
LADY GRACE MANLEY-PROWE - the grande-dame
COL. GILLWEATHER - the old army man
MISS TWEED - the tweedy, elderly amateur detective
GEOFFREY - the juvenile
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Piano/Conductor’s Score
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxophones)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxophones)
Trumpet
Trombone
Percussion I & II (Timpani, Xylophone, Drums—2 books)
Bass
Guitar/Banjo
10 Chorus Books
Media
  • Production Trailer - Pioneer Theatre Company

  • Production Trailer - Goodspeed Opera House

Author(s)

Other Robert Gerlach titles available from Samuel French:

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Reviews
Michael Johnson 10/26/2013 4:37 PM
Way cool take on the Murder Mystery genre, with music, too.  Excited to produce this title.  Should be lots of fun.  Small cast, interior set, technical surprises-- lots of possibilities.

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