Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Audition For A Murder" hit the boards again and again

When the theatrical tallies are posted at the end of the year for "Most Produced Play", per my records "An Audition For A Murder" has to be on top. Off the top of my head, I know its production this year and last year is way into the double digits. Of course, no one keeps track of produced work by independent playwrights except for the independent playwrights. At the end of the year, I'm sure a tired old musical of some type will be listed at the "most produced." 

So let me once again plug another production of "An Audition For A Murder". 

For Vacaville’s Gaslighters Theatrical Company, their stock in trade has always been ... well, stock characters played for laughs.
As it has for years, delivery of their product, melodramas to whodunits, wrapped in period costumes and often overworked English phrases to comedic effect, is what consumes the troupe today, as they prepare and rehearse their latest effort: “An Audition for a Murder.”
“We’re happy to be presenting another Lee Mueller murder-mystery,” Mary Cornelison Muehlenbruch, the Gaslighters’ president and producer of the show, said in a press release. 

“We’ve done a number of his plays over the years. They’re smartly written, funny, and our audiences have always enjoyed his storylines, and we always add our own comedy touches to make the story even funnier!”

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 31, April 1 and 7; at 7:30 p.m. April 8 (a dinner show); and at 3 p.m. April 2 and 9. All shows will be in Harbor Theater’s Nove Cabaret Theatre, 720 Main St., in downtown Suisun City.
Tickets for non-dinner shows are $20, and $39.50 for the dinner show, available by calling 628-3737 or by visiting www.vacavillegaslighters.com.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

" A Murder Has Been Renounced" - LaGrange Ohio

A Murder Has Been Renounced by Lee Mueller
"A Murder Has Been Renounced” by Lee Mueller will be presented at the Carlisle Visitor Center in LaGrange Ohio.
Performances will be May 12-13, and May 19-20. Seating will be at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7.
Friends of Metro Parks of Lorain County  will sponsor the production and this Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.
The Carlisle Visitor Center is located at 12882 Diagonal Road in LaGrange. 
Tickets are $30 per person or $58 per couple. Group rates are also available.
For more information or to order tickets, call 216-544-3865
Unable to attend? 
Read the Play available at Amazon

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Newburgh Community Theater is 'Getting Murdered in the Morning' dinner theater

Newburgh Community Theater's next event will be a night of firsts.
The productions will be the group’s first attempt at hosting a murder mystery event, which will be the first in memory for the community as well.
Newburgh Community Theater will be bringing to life “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning,” by playwright Lee Mueller. The play brings in the audience as members of a wedding reception gone tragically and comically wrong.
There will be a public performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Preservation Hall at 200 State St. in Newburgh Indiana, but the cast will also be taking the show to a private performance the next day at Rolling Hills Country Club.
After watching their daughter tie the knot, the wealthy Montagues receive an unwelcome surprise when a mysterious man drops dead on the dance floor at the reception. Public relations panic ensues as family secrets come to light and a nosey and obtrusive society columnist looks forward to writing the scandal of the season.
The rehearsals over the last month have kept the cast belly laughing almost continuously.
For tickets and information, visit newburghcommunitytheater.org. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"An Audition For A Murder" will Benefit Leeds Center For The Arts

An Audition For A Murder by Lee Mueller
An Audition for a Murder” takes you to The Westchester Community Theatre, where open auditions are being held for its next production, ‘Death of a Disco Dancer,’ written by a locally known playwright. 
As local actors show up for cold readings, it becomes evident that there is some animosity among those who have worked together before.  Over the course of auditions, someone dies!  The audience will be asked to try to determine who the killer(s) is and how they did it.
This event on February 25th at the Winchester Opera House is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the local arts center in Winchester.  The evening will include dinner, the show, as well as live and silent auctions.  A cash bar will also be available.
Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and show beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 each.
For more information, head to leedscenter.org, check out their Facebook page or call (859) 744-6437.
The Winchester Opera House is located at 10 East Lexington Avenue, in Winchester KY
Unable to attend or not in the area? No problem. You can read the play!

Friday, February 10, 2017

El Paseo Arts present "Murder Me Always"

On February 21st and 22nd, El Paseo Arts Foundation transforms the ballroom at the Isla Grand Beach Resort into a Mystery Dinner Theatre for a production of the comedy mystery spoof, Murder Me Always by Lee Mueller. 

Doors to the Ballroom open for sponsor seating at 6:20 p.m. and for general seating at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be open from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. when the curtain goes up on the play. The actors will be circulating among the audience during the cocktail hour, providing some information about themselves and possibly some clues about the Murder that will occur during the play. 

Tickets for M**der Me Always are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, SOS, PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online at www.elpaseoarts.org. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"I'm Getting Murdered In The Morning" at Beaverton High School Oct 28 & 29th

Beaverton Jr./Sr. High Drama in Beaverton Michigan will host its annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” by Lee Mueller, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at the at the Beaverton Activity Center (BAC). Performances start at 6 p.m. and the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

During the garter toss at Brenda and Eddie's Wedding Reception, a mysterious man falls dead on the dance floor. Luckily the bride's father -the wealthy Harold Montague -invited Damage control expert Mr. Parker to the event. Parker tries "spinning" the murder as "nothing to worry about" but Society columnist Mary Berger insists "something be done". 

Something like - hold the presses because this could be the "Society Scandal" of the year. Not only was a man shot during the garter toss but it seems the mysterious Dead Man has ties to both the Groom and Bride's family. Secrets that both sides do not wish to reveal. Nonetheless, with some persuasion of Mr. Parker, the reception continues as planned and the Murder Mystery takes a back seat. For a while.

Tickets are being sold in advance for food preparation reasons with no refunds available. The public is welcome and the cost is $15 per adult and $10 for children (10 and under with an adult). 
For ticket/dinner information contact Becky Miller at 989-246-3341 or 989-329-8348. Sorry, no ticket sales at the door. Come join the fun, and enjoy dinner out with family and friends. Tickets are on sale until Saturday, Oct. 22.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Alden Christian Theatre in Alden NY Presents "Murder Me Always" in October

ACTS - The Alden Christian Theatre Society, 1470 Church St. in the Village of Alden, will present a dinner theater production of “Murder Me Always” by Lee Muller, a comedy murder mystery show, on Fridays and Saturdays October 7 & 8 and 14 & 15.

The dinner will begin the evening at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for the dinner and the show and must be purchased in advanced to reserve seating. The dinner entrĂ©e choices of pork tenderloin or chicken cordon bleu will be served with salad, potato, vegetable, or vegetable lasagna and salad. All meals include desserts and drinks. The comedy murder mystery will begin at 7:30.

During a very bad performance of "Murder Me Always", an actual murder takes place off stage. The director is shot. The "fake" play comes to a screeching halt and a "real" murder mystery begins. It seems a "Murder Mystery Murderer" is on the loose and has struck again. Luckily, a 1940s pulp fiction type gumshoe has staked out the audience and rises to the occasion to begin an investigation. Could it be that one of these very bad actors is really a very bad person? Will this "real" murder mystery be any better than the fake one? Is art imitating life? Is the play really the thing? Don’t miss your chance to figure out who the murderer is while laughing all evening.

Limited tickets are also available to those who cannot make the dinner but still wish to see the show. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the 7:30 show $12 general admission and $10 for seniors/students. Call ACTS to purchase tickets for dinner and to reserve tables or for tickets to see the show at 937-7770.

"An Audition For A Murder" in October in Iowa and Wisconsin

"AN AUDITION FOR A MURDER" will start off October in Waupun Wisconsin October 7th and 8th, presented by the Waupun Community Players on the Waupun City Hall Stage.

So tell us about this Audition show thing. OK  The thing is  (the plot)   A Theatre group is holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called "Death of A Disco Dancer". 

Hey, isn't that a song by The Smiths?  Yes. Yes it is. 


All of the typical actors show up to audition. There is Mia Monahan - the militant method actress, Amber Frost- the ditzy Drama queen, Chad - the energetic actor who never seems to get a part in anything, Alan- the accomplished Theatre Major who works at a fast food place in the mean time. Troy May - the ego-centric actor who always gets a role and his gorgeous assistant Tantanya who holds his imported bottled water and carries his Portfolio. And last but not least, Mrs. Needleman and her precious daughter Julie , fresh from the Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant finals.

The auditions get underway without too many problems, well a few.. Well, all right, you see, the thing is.. the Director Vivian Vinderlou and assistant director Reed Moore have a bit of the problem with "script". The problem is they don't have enough copies for everyone. And the bigger problem is they don't actually have a finished script. 
Jim Culter- the playwright arrives in the nick of time with a few more copies and a few more finished pages just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. As luck would have it, Jim has brought Inspector Bonnie Brauvera along to the auditions to serve as Technical advisor for the play. Perhaps the investigation into this "mysterious death" will inspire the playwright and help him finish the play. After all, there is a read-through on Monday.

 On October 28th and 29th  The Carousel Theatre of Indianola will also present the play at the  La Vida Loca Winery 
  • Address: 7852 Jesup Street, Indianola, IA 50125
Doors open at 5:00 with the show to begin at 6:30
Oct 28th Menu $45.00 per person

Oct 29th Murder Mystery Appetizer Show $38.00 per person 

But I don't live anywhere near the upper midwest region. Couldn't I just... I don't know... Read it or something?
Why yes, Yes you can.

Click HERE to find it on Amazon. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monaghan Pink Ladies "Audition For A Murder" and a Wonderful Charity

At the Garage Theatre  in Monaghan Ireland, not to be confused with Monaghan somewhere else, the Monaghan Pink Ladies will be presenting "An Audition For A Murder" on Sept 29th and 30th.  

Cast Member Julie-Ann sent a message to me letting me know the Pink Ladies do a play every year to raise money for charity. This is their 3rd year. 

" This year our chosen charity is a group that helps Irish families to repatriate their loved ones who die abroad. In our small town we have had a few families who have had to avail of this service and last year when the Irish students got killed in the California balcony collapse, the Kevin Bell Repatriation fund really helped with all the costs and red tape."
It's always nice to hear from groups that your play went over well and the audiences loved it. It's even better to hear that your work is being used to help in a worthy manner or cause. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Peninsula Players Present "Murder Me Always" at Ocean Park Lutheran

Ocean Park Lutheran Church and the Peninsula Players announce another Mystery Dinner Theater scheduled for July 20, 21 and 22 at 24002 U Street, Ocean Park WA. 

Rob Lindberg will direct “Murder Me Always,” a play written by the prolific mystery writer, Lee Mueller. Peninsula Players invites everyone to enjoy a fabulous meal, while being entertained by some of the most enthusiastic actors you will find anywhere in the world!

As the story unfolds, it may soon become clear to the audience that this play has a mysterious quirk. And, in the midst of all this alleged murdering going on, suddenly the play pivots 180 degrees and morphs into another play! Come see how strangely twisted and mysteriously sinuous a mystery play can become!

Tickets are available by reservation only and can be obtained at the box office at Ocean Park Lutheran Church, open Monday through Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.,

Monday, May 09, 2016

"A Murder Has Been Renounced" Premieres Here and There

My newest murder mystery comedy "A Murder Has Been Renounced" will make it's debut to both sides of the world .. literally. In June in White Stone Virginia, USA  and then in July in Queensland Australia. 

The play centers around Detective Nick Dashell and his wife Darla (previously appearing in the play "Irritation To A Murder")  the couple find themselves stranded in a remote area. The car has broken down. They seek shelter in  large estate populated by some very odd ball characters such as a sarcastic maid named Deidre and a shady gentleman named Captain Trucage. 

Only seeking to use the phone, they learn the lines are down and the roads are washed out due to the storm. It that were not enough, they also find themselves involved in some mysterious events: Mrs Ludos' necklace is stolen and gunshots were heard.

 Should they hang out and help solve the mystery? Sure, why not? After all, they can't leave. Perhaps stranger than the inexplicable occurrences of the evening, are the actual guests they find at the estate. Everyone is acting very oddly and using really bad British accents. And when one of the guests is found strangled in the kitchen, no one seems to be alarmed except for Nick and Darla. Typical.

The Lancaster Players in White Stone Virginia will present the World Premiere at the Playhouse  361 Chesapeake Drive (Rt 200) in White Stone on   June 10-11 & 17-18 & 23-24-25 - Evenings 7:00PM Social Hour – 8:00PM Curtain  and June 12 & 19 - Matinees 2:00PM Social Hour – 3:00PM Curtain 

The Maleny Players in Maleny Queensland will present the play on 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th July, with an extra performance on Wednesday 20th July at the Maleny Playhouse located on the Maleny Showgrounds