Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Clue," the Board Game Gets New Life as a Musical

 "Clue," the classic board game, comes to life as The Summer Company will be performing its first show of the 2017 season.

There are 216 possible endings to this campy musical, which premiered in 1997, and each night the audience will choose cards which reveal The Suspect, The Room, and The Weapon. They will pick up clues throughout the show and try to deduce who killed Mr. Boddy, where, and with what. A colorful array of crazy suspects, a very dead Mr. Boddy, and a hard-nosed female detective make for a fun filled, hilarious, and witty evening of theater and mystery.

Clue: The Musical was written by Peter DePietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, and Vinnie Martucci, and lyrics by Tom Chiodo. Clue is directed by Justin Sines, who directed Come Back, Little Sheeba starring Susie McGregor-Laine and Mark Yochum last season. The musical director is Brian Buckley.

The production runs June 15th through the 25th. Thursday through Saturday shows begin at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. All shows will be performed at the Genesius Theater at Duquesne University, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at www.thesummercompany.com.

Steve Fatla, Jay Keenan and John E. Lane, Jr. founded The Summer Company in 1993 in order to produce quality productions of classical and soon to be classic plays in the company of friends. The current team of producers is John E. Lane, Jr., Jill Jeffrey, William Mark Snyder, Heather Clark, Dale Hess, Justin Sines, Alexis Jabour, and Nora Nee. Current productions take place in the Genesius Theater on the Duquesne University campus. Past productions have been held at Peter Mills Auditorium at Duquesne University, Antonian Hall at Carlow University, and the Gemini Theater.

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