The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at Artisan Center Theater

Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at Artisan Center Theater
Photo: Al Smith

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940″ is onstage now at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, and runs through January 25.

Plot Synopsis: In December of 1940, an eccentric theatre financier gathers a team at her mansion in Chappaqua, New York. Everyone thinks they will have a backer’s audition to get financing for their newest musical. But the shadow of the team’s last show—a flop–hangs over the group. Manhattan Holiday was ruined by the “Stage Door Slasher.” The mysterious killer stabbed chorus girls. An undercover police officer hopes to flush out the killer from this group of suspects. This Agatha Christie meets Clue whodunit parody features blizzard conditions, secret passageways, musical snippets, and slapstick comedy suitable for all ages.

All performances of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” are in the 150 seat Second Stage theater, located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Reserved seating tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, active military and first responders. Student tickets are $22 and $15.00 for children 11 and under. Tickets are available online at

“Musical Comedy Murders” Director Sharon Benge

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is directed by Sharon Benge. The ensemble cast features Julia Welch, Nancy Bartke, Dan Johnston, Brendon Ramsey, and Geoff Leonard Robinson. Also featured are Jessica Chick, David Carroll, Jackie Holt, Robert Hamilton, and Denise Jasper. LeeAnn Ausec is understudy for the role of Elsa.

Artisan Center Theater produces eight full-scale, Broadway style musicals in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. The theater also stages three additional productions on its 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage. Artisan Children’s Theater produces six children’s shows each year on Second Stage, where children perform for children. As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a theatrical education, dance, and performing arts classes throughout the year.