Set in 1959 Boston, this is a ‘show within a show’ type of musical murder mystery by Rupert Holmes, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Peter Stone. This is a more modern musical, it debuted on Broadway in March of 2007. During its run it was nominated for multiple Tony Awards, with David Hyde Pierce winning ‘Best Actor’ for his portrayal of Lt Frank Cioffi. According to a VMHS Drama Department insider, this version is a bit tamer than the Original Broadway production was, in case you might have seen it in LA or New York.
The VMHS production is directed by Cory Finch and starts off at the end of the play within the play (Robbin Hood). Towards the end of the song, the lead actor collapses in the background. She is taken away and the cast breaks in to ‘What Kind of Man?’ – A song about how they hate the critics who said the show (Robbin Hood) was bad. As a guy writing up a show, I found it wonderfully ironic.