A first look at the UK production of A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical has been revealed.
The nine-part musical series was previously produced online in the US during lockdown and proved a huge hit.
A British version will stream online via stream.theatre between 3 to 30 May with tickets priced at £25 for the whole series or £2.99 for individual episodes.
The cast will feature Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar, Elf The Musical), Oscar Conlon Morrey (Only Fools and Horses, Nativity The Musical) as Shea Crescendo, Debbie Kurup (The Prince of Egypt, Sweet Charity) as Vivika Orsonwelles, renowned comedian, actor and presenter Jason Manford (Curtains, Sweeney Todd, The Producers) as Varthur McArthur and Cedric Neal (The Voice, Motown The Musical) as George Murderer.
They’re joined by Amara Okereke (Les Misérables, The Boyfriend) as Lily Wright, Lucas Rush (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Les Misérables) as Clarke Staples, Emma Salvo (Come From Away, The Toxic Avenger) as Justine Case, Ashley Samuels (Motown The Musical, The Book of Mormon) as Cameron Mitchelljohn, Harriet Thorpe (Wicked, Les Misérables) as Detective Case and Rachel Tucker (Come From Away, Songs From a New World) as Joan McArthur.
A teaser shares: “When Varthur McArthur, failed West End actor and current artistic director of Blackpool’s smallest regional theatre, calls a read-through for his latest murder mystery play, the cast of local actors arrive at the party with anything but theatre on their minds.
“But when Varthur ends up face down in his soup (a gluten-free cheese bisque), it’s up to Traffic-Police-Officer turned-Detective Justine Case to piece together what happened. If only the ensemble of suspects would stop singing…”
The show has been adapted for UK audiences and will be directed by Benji Sperring (The Toxic Avenger, Night of the Living Dead – Live!, An Act of God and Shock Treatment) with a Book by Rachel Axler (four-time Emmy award-winner as a writer on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and supervising producer on “Veep”) and Kait Kerrigan.
The piece has Music by Jason Howland (Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theatre album of BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical, Broadway musical Little Women) and lyrics by Nathan Tysen. The show is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Tanisha Spring for Blue Mahoe Productions and Ilai Szpiezak for Upstage Creative.
You can also watch a first teaser trailer below…