Dinner-Mystery Theater, Murder At The TonyLou Awards, Opens March 10

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Cumberland County Playhouse Volunteers will present “A Murder at the TonyLou Awards” at Fortes on the Square Restaurant. This Dinner/Mystery Theater presentation is an audience participation murder mystery written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose. Special guest star appearances will be by CCP Professionals Jason Ross, Michael Ruff, Daniel Black, Caitlin Schaub and Deanna Etchison.

The curtain rises March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 with proceeds benefiting the Cumberland County Playhouse. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for cocktail hour with live musical entertainment. During the cocktail hour (cash bar) guests can mingle with the cast as they drop hints about themselves and the show and give an opportunity to ask questions. At 6:30 p.m. dinner will be served, while the cast keeps a low profile. The main show starts right after dinner. 

Review for Murder at the TonyLou Awards:

The TonyLou Awards Show begins at the door as well-known celebrity gossip columnist Constance Gabbles greets (and insults) each celebrity. Then they turn the show over to host T.J. Hardcastle, heir of the famous singing, dancing and flying Hardcastles. T.J. sings the famous Tonylou theme song, and the ceremony is officially under way.

But wait, is there trouble in paradise? Lorna Lush, has-been stage diva, is toting more booze than the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. Monty Carlo might be a star in his country, but his English is almost unintelligent—sorry unintelligible. Celia B. DeMilo has a weakness for young men, and her newest boy-toy Claude-Jean will do anything to become a star. M.J. Hardcastle carries a grudge against her brother and his wife, Angelina Canoli, who “wins” an award every year. Funky Brewster is absolutely adorable, or is there a nasty secret lurking under that innocent exterior? 

The fact is, everyone has a nasty secret. So keep your eyes and ears open and you Sherlock Holmes and Dick Tracy brains working to gather clues. At the evenings end, someone will be ruthlessly murdered and it’s up to you to guess who done it and why.  Prizes will be awarded to the first people to correctly guess both the murderer and the motive.

Tickets for the dinner and show are $28. For information and reservations, call Cumberland County Playhouse at 931.484-5000 or Fortes On the Square Restaurant at 931.787-1744

The cast includes: Jean Saal, Dee Potocnik, Judy Murphy, Terri Ritter, Caitlin Schaub, Emily Hinds, Skip Ritter, Nick Steadman, Michael Turner, Chaz Sanders, Daniel Black, Michael Ruff and Jason Ross, Caitlin Schaub and Deanna Etchison.



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