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Clue: The Musical

Clue: The Musical
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Peter DePietro
Lyrics by: Tom Chiodo
Music by: Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, and Vinnie Martucci
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 84
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0573663653
ISBN-13: 9780573663659
Cast Size: 3 female, 5 male

About the Play:

CLUE: The Musical is a full-length musical comedy with book by Peter DePietro, lyrics by Tom Chiodo, and music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, and Vinnie Martucci, based on the Parker Brothers' Board Game. Someone killed Mr. Boddy, but who, where, and how? With 216 possible outcomes, the audience gets to play along as the familiar characters from the popular board game CLUE sing and dance their way to discovering the killer. Each twist and turn is accompanied by delightfully witty lyrics that will keep your audience guessing until the very end!

CLUE: The Musical brings the world's best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun filled evening. This is a fun-filled interactive family musical starting just as the internationally popular board game CLUE does, with three audience members selecting one card each from three oversized decks and placing them in an envelope marked "Confidential." The envelope is then left untouched until the end of the production. This is a unique murder mystery experience because the chosen cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms will determine the ending of the show, which has 216 possible conclusions, as well as some interchangeable dialogue between certain characters which are delivered as the play progresses. Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comical antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience. This colourful crowd-pleaser was devised by the authors of Murder at Rutherford House and other popular interactive entertainments.

CLUE: The Musical had try-out performances in 1995 at the New Boston Street Dinner Theatre in Baltimore, and in 1996 at the Organic Theater in Chicago. The musical premiered in 1997 at the Players Theater Off-Broadway in New York City and enjoyed a successful run. The play is regularly performed in regional, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 female, 5 male

What people say:

"Fabulous... Charming... A good choice! Real humor." — The New York Times

"Saucy, bright and loony!" — Variety

"CLUE makes good moves! Clever, colorful and fun. Best of all, the musical adds an important element the board game lacks – motive. The creators have found the clue to CLUE." — Baltimore Sun

"CLUE has guts, along with intrigue, colorfuls suspects and deadly weapons." — Chicago Sun Times

"The little game that could!" — Chicago Tribune

About the Playwright:

Peter DePietro is a professor of new media. He served as the first Director of Digital and New Media of the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York City. His professional experience in new media as creative director, designer, strategist and interactive game developer has given him the opportunity to create digital projects with international exposure for a roster of Fortune 500 clients. He is also an award-winning playwright and director with several plays produced off-Broadway and by theatres worldwide, including CLUE: The Musical, based on the popular game.

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