The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective presents the first ever New York revival of Arthur Bicknell's Moose Murders, the most notorious flop in the history of modern theater. Performances begin January 29, 2013 at the Connelly Theatre. Check out photos of the cast in rehearsal below!
Featuring a zany cast of characters - from an off-key lounge singer and her blind accompanist to a mummified paraplegic - Moose Murders has it all: suspense, romance, a moose, murder, and incest.
When Moose Murders opened on Broadway in 1983, it played one single official performance and received disastrous reviews. Critic Frank Rich called it "A show so preposterous that it made minor celebrities out of everyone who witnessed it". John Simon, writing for New York Magazine, said it seemed as if the play were staged by "a blind director repeatedly kicked in the groin". The legacy of Moose Murders is so notorious that the New York Times has called it "the standard of awfulness against which all Broadway flops are judged." Bicknell has significantly rewritten and revised Moose Murders for this new production.
The cast of Moose Murders will feature Ali Bernstein (Upright Citizens Brigade, J.A.P. at The Pit), Cory Boughton (Christmas Belles, Southern Hospitality), Dennis DelBene (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Orlando Iriarte (Yentl, neat & tidy, "Extreme Forensics"), Anna Kirkland (A Doll's Life, Merry We Roll Along), Steven Carl McCasland (Into the Woods, The Hot L Baltimore), Caroline Rosenblum (Broadway's Impressionism, "30 Rock"), Noelle Stewart (Yentl, The Truth About Christmas), Jordan Tierney (My Great Dead Sister) and Brittany Velotta.
Moose Murders will be directed by Steven Carl McCasland, who previously directed productions of A Doll's Life, Falsettos and Crossing Brooklyn. Scenic and costume design is by Dennis DelBene. Lighting design is by Christopher D'Angelo. Christopher Stokes is the fight director. Chasmin Hallyburton is the production stage manager. Sienna Metzgar is the assistant director. Katie Chai is the assistant stage manager.
A portion of box office proceeds for Moose Murders will benefit GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Performances begin on January 29. This limited engagement will run through February 10.
Tickets ($25 - $30) can be purchased at http://beautifulsoup.showclix.com.
Photos courtesy John Capo Public Relations
Ali Bernstein, Cory Boughton
Caroline Rosenblum, Anna Kirkland, Ali Bernstein
Jordan Tierney, Anna Kirkland, Ali Bernstein
Jordan Tierney, Anna Kirkland, Ali Bernstein, Cory Boughton
Noelle Stewart, Caroline Rosenblum, Cory Boughton, Jordan Tierney, Anna Kirkland
Noelle Stewart, Anna Kirkland, Ali Bernstein
Orlando Iriarte, Noelle Stewart
Steven Carl McCasland, Brittany Velotta
The cast of MOOSE MURDERS
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