SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — interACT Theatre Productions presents the musical comedy whodunit “Clue: The Musical” this month. The show runs for three weekends at the Baird Theatre on Three, opening Friday, Oct. 13, and closing Saturday, Oct. 28, for eight performances total.
Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinees begin at 4 p.m. Purchase tickets online at interactproductions.tix.com or at the door.
Based on the internationally beloved Parker Brothers board game, “Clue: The Musical” was written by Peter DiPietro, with music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, and lyrics by Tom Chiodo. The musical was created after the 1985 film version was released, and ran off-Broadway at the Players Theater in late 1997.
The interactive show gives audience members a chance to be part of the action by picking three cards that will determine the answers to which suspect killed Mr. Boddy, with which weapon, in which room of Boddy Mansion. There are 216 possible solutions, so the ending of each performance can be very different! The script is designed to have some interchangeable dialogue between characters as the night unfolds, keeping everyone on their toes.
The production is directed, choreographed and set designed by Nicholas J. Clarey, with musical direction by Holland J. Jancaitis, stage managed by Amanda M. Wingo, and costumed by 2017 NJACT Perry Award winner Lynne Lewis.
The cast consists of 10 actors in eight roles: Jerry Narciso as Mr. Boddy, Ruth Kenote as Mrs. Peacock, David Wren-Hardin as Professor Plum, Moriel Behar and Molly Polk alternating as Miss Scarlet, Mentha Marley as Col. Mustard, Yolanda Hamilton as Mrs. White, Dave Williams and Christopher Learn alternating as Mr. Green, and Sabrina Santoro as the hard-nosed detective.
The band consists of six musicians: Holland J. Jancaitis on piano, John Straus and Matt Delavan alternating on drums, Marisa Green on keyboard, and Henryk Kress and Bryce Tempest alternating on cello. Rounding out the crew are construction manager Jerry Narciso, lighting designer Zach Pizza, house manager Dawilla Madsen, light board operator Shane McCarthy, and publicity and media team Sabrina Santoro and Mark J. Parker.