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Goodspeed Announces a Killer Cast for Murder Mystery Musical 'Something's Afoot'

A musical whodunit at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam

EAST HADDAM, CONN.- Find out if the butler did it when Goodspeed Musicals brings intrigue and amusement to the Opera House stage with its production of the musical whodunit Something’s Afoot. This hilarious musical send-up of Agatha Christie-style stumpers completes Goodspeed’s 2012 season, running from October 5 – December 9 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Something’s Afoot is sponsored by Webster Bank and Connecticut Light and Power.

An old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one – knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but the butler didn’t do it! With songs like “I Owe It All To Agatha Christie,” it’s a zany whodunit for all to enjoy. Something’s Afoot features a book, music, and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach with additional music by Ed Linderman.

The killer cast features Liz Pearce as Lettie. Ms. Pearce’s Broadway credits include Billy Elliot: The Musical and her Goodspeed credits include City of Angels, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and George M!. Flint is played by Khris Lewin who appeared in Goodspeed’s My One And Only. Clive is played by Ron Wisniski of Goodspeed’s A Funny Thing…Forum, Me and My Girl, Finian’s Rainbow, Gotham!, and Annie. Hope Langdon is played by Julia Osborne who appeared in Goodspeed’s Half a Sixpence and The Pirates of Penzance.

Dr. Grayburn is played by Peter Van Wagner of television’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Goodspeed’s Road to Hollywood and On The Twentieth Century. Nigel Rancour is played by Benjamin Eakeley of Broadway’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Sweeney Todd. The role of Lady Manley-Prowe is played by Drama Desk nominated actress Lynne Wintersteller whose credits include Broadway’s A Grand Night for Singing and the National Tours of Company and Annie.

Goodspeed audience favorite Ed Dixon plays Colonel Gillweather. Mr. Dixon’s numerous Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George, Mary Poppins, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Les Miserables. His Goodspeed credits include Big River, Pirates of Penzance, Can-Can, and Starcrossed. Miss Tweed is played by Audrie Neenan of Broadway’s Sister Act, Oklahoma!,
Picnic, The Odd Couple, and The Curse of an Aching Heart. Geoffrey is played by Hunter Ryan Herdlicka of Broadway’s A Little Night Music. The understudies are Madeleine Doherty, Alyssa Gagarin, and Bronson Norris Murphy.

Due to a critical illness in her family, Casey Husion has withdrawn from directing Something’s Afoot at the Goodspeed Opera House. Vince Pesce, originally choreographer of the production,  now also directs the show. During the planning process, Ms. Hushion, who conceived this production, worked closely with Mr. Pesce as she consulted with the authors, chose the creative team and cast the show. Everyone in the Goodspeed family wishes the best to Ms. Hushion and her family while we welcome Mr. Pesce as director. Vince Pesce who choreographed Goodspeed’s recent hit Mame also served as Associate Choreographer of Broadway’s Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, and Little Shop of Horrors.  Scenic designs is by Adrian W. Jones whose credits include Broadway’s Looped, the Goodspeed Opera House production of How to Succeed…and Cutman at The Norma Terris Theatre.

The Music Director for Something’s Afoot is Michael O’Flaherty who is in his 21st season as Goodspeed’s Resident Music Director. William J. Thomas is Assistant Music Director. Orchestrations are provided by Dan DeLange, who created the orchestrations for Goodspeed’s Carousel, Mame, Show Boat, My One And Only, Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, The Boy Friend, and many more. Something’s Afoot is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Something’s Afoot runs October 5 through December 9, 2012. Curtain times are Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (with select performances at 2:00 p.m.), Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets are available through the Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at goodspeed.org. For show highlights, exclusive photos, special events and more visit us at goodspeed.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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