The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 - October 03 - October 06, 2017

Aberdeen Central High School



Aberdeen Central Presents... 


The Musical Comedy

Murders of 1940


by John Bishop






          "The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus
          girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a
          backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel."
          The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German
          maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically
          in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his       
          reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors,
          and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat,
          bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag
          their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions.
          However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to
          investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked—
          but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a
          generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit. 



           Setting: An estate in Chappaqua, New York. The time is December 1940. When the play

                         opens, it is midnight...naturally.





Scene 1:  Midnight

Scene 2:  A Short Time Later



Scene 1: Five in the Morning




The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

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