Whodunit?! Meet the 10 Wild and Crazy Suspects from Murder for Two

January 6th, 2014 by

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Whodunit?! Meet the 10 Wild and Crazy Suspects from Murde...

In the new murder-mystery musical Murder for Two, actor Jeff Blumenkrantz has the immensely challenging and rewarding job of creating 10 very different murder suspects, all played by him with only the occasional prop to distinguish one character from the next. It’s a real hoot and quite spectacular to see live at New World Stages. Below, Blumenkrantz introduces BroadwayBox to each of the murder suspects. From the married woman who dreams of an affair with a well-endowed man to the kid who dreams of kissing Detective Marcus (co-star Brett Ryback), meet this kooky gang of characters.

Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Dahila

Name: Dahlia Whitney
Lifelong Dream: To have Dame Edna's career

At a party, she would most likely be found: Serving tea
Your favorite part about playing her: Her unabashed self-centeredness
Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Equal parts Paula Deen + Angela Lansbury + Edith Bunker


Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Tom Roland

Name: Dr. Griff

Defining characteristic: Cigar, hunchback, and gravelly voice

At a party, he would most likely be found: Standing next to the piano, waiting for the sing-along
Your favorite part about playing him: Doing a soft-shoe number
Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Tom Roland (that's for my Northwestern peeps)


Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Ballet Dancer

Name: Barrette Lewis

Defining characteristics: Darting eyes, bad British accent, and fifth position

Lifelong Dream: To make everyone want her 

Your favorite part about playing her: I get to pull out my brief but unforgettable ballet training
Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Margot Fonteyn as played by Judi Dench


Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Family Tree

Name: Murray Flandon

Lifelong Dream: To convince someone to lock up his wife, Barb.

At a party, he would most likely be found: Standing by the door, pointing at his watch and grimacing.

Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Honestly, it's my grandfather, with a different accent.

Your favorite part about playing him: Memorializing my cranky grandfather.

Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Mrs Roper

Name: Barb Flandon

Defining characteristic: Shrieky voice and New Yawk accent.

Lifelong Dream: To have a fling with a … um… well-endowed man.

Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Mrs. Roper from Three's Company
Your favorite part about playing her: She gets to rub Detective Marcus' chest...

Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Steph

Name: Steph Whitney

Defining characteristic: Puppy dog eyes, and hair that keeps falling out from behind her ears.

Lifelong Dream: To be partners with a dreamy detective

At a party, she would most likely be found: Alone in the corner, yearning

Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: The lovechild of Kristen Wiig and Ugly Betty


Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Timmy

Name: Timmy

Defining characteristic: Red Yankees cap, plus he's short.

At a party, he would most likely be found: Puttin' on a show for the crowd

Your favorite part about playing him: Doing a tap break on my knees
Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: The Bowery Boys + Spanky from The Little Rascals + The Frog from Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse (aka Edward G. Robinson)


Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Winthrop

Name: Yonkers

Defining characteristic: A lisp and just being plain adorable

Lifelong Dream: To make out with Detective Marcus

At a party, he/she would most likely be found: Getting his cheeks pinched

Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: [any kid who played Winthrop in The Music Man]


Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Dumb Donald

Name: Skid

Lifelong Dream: To open a burn victim unit in honor of his best pal, Johnny

At a party, he would most likely be found: Bumping into things.

Your favorite part about playing him/her: Singing badly.
Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Dumb Donald from Fat Albert

Murder for Two - Murder Suspect Photos- Henry

Name: Henry Vivaldi

Defining characteristic: A working class New England accent and popping up when least expected

Lifelong Dream: To put out fires and defend the wronged

Your favorite part about playing him: Getting to improvise how I mess around with Brett each night
Visual Pop Culture Reference for My Character: Danny Aiello or Jim Belushi