Murder mysteries, board games and music come together in May 2017 when a musical adaptation of “Clue” will debut in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
This upcoming musical is based not only on the popular 1949 American board game, but also on the cult classic 1985 film of the same title.
The iconic movie follows the characters from the board game (Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet) in the whodunit murder mystery. A blackmailer, the cook, the maid, a cop and a telegram girl are all found dead, begging the question: who’s the murderer?
It’s hard to make a good story with interesting characters when the original subject matter is two dimensional (literally). However, this movie became a classic. What makes it so memorable is the acting performances from Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd, along with the hilarious one-liners that aren’t easy to forget.
“Clue” isn’t the first musical Hasbro, Inc. (the creators of the original board game) have taken to the stage. In June, the toy company announced they were collaborating with Araca Group to create a “Monopoly” musical and even a “Scrabble” adaptation. It isn’t “Clue’s” first time to the stage. In 1997, a musical adaption was played off-Broadway.
While “Clue: The Musical” has the potential to be acclaimed, without Tim Curry performing at the Bucks County Playhouse, there just won’t be that unique charm radiating from an actor.
The film’s director and writer Jonathan Lynn is writing the play, meaning that the style and comedy should be more or less consistent to the 31-year-old movie.
More information will be released once the premiere date is closer. If the performances are successful in Pennsylvania, there’s a chance the next theatrical hit could be “Clue: The Musical.”