Book, Music and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach Additional Music by Ed Linderman
A zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at the Agatha Christie mysteries and musical styles of the ‘30s English music hall. Ten people are stranded in an isolated country house during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they’re picked off by cleverly fiendish devices. As bodies pile up in the library, the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit.
Something’s Afoot premiered at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta in 1972, and then was produced at the
Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, Connecticut in 1973, at the American Theatre in Washington, D.C., and by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1975. The first two productions starred Mary Jo Catlett as Miss Tweed, and the latter three starred Lu Leonard in that role. After Los Angeles, Pat Carroll starred in a summer stock tour of the show in 1975. According to an article in The New York Times “…Pat Carroll stars in this show…which had an airing at Goodspeed in 1973, will be on the tryout trail all summer long, making stops at, among others, the Lakewood Theater in Skowhegan, Maine…” Something’s Afoot received two Joseph Jefferson awards for its Chicago production.
Something’s Afoot opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on May 27, 1976 and closed on July 18 after 61 performances and 13 previews. Directed and choreographed by Tony Tanner, the cast included Tessie O’Shea (Miss Tweed), Gary Beach (Nigel), and Liz Sheridan (Lady Manley-Prowe). It subsequently ran in 1977 in London at the Ambassadors Theatre for 232 performances and was nominated that year for the Olivier Award as Best Musical of the Year. (Source: Wikipedia)
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