Clue: On Stage
Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price
Directed by Judith Allen
March 25–April 22, 2023
Playing at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre
“ ...a delightful screwball lark…it’s got a dizzy, stimulating joy that makes it a whole lot of fun. It’s a game that’s definitely worth playing.” — D.C. Theatre Arts
WHO did it? WHERE did they do it? HOW did they do it? Murder and blackmail abound in this hilarious stage adaptation of the 1995 cult film based on the classic board game. Six strangers are guests at a dinner party in a remote mansion. No one knows who the mysterious host is… until he ends up dead. Follow Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Miss Scarlet as they piece together this devilish mystery. Roll the dice and take a stab at whodunit!
CONTENT WARNING: Adult themes. Questions about content? Contact OpenStage at 970.484.5237.
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"...was it the lead pipe, the dagger, the candlestick, the revolver, or the rope? In the study, the drawing room, the lounge, the library or the kitchen? No spoilers here. Go see the show and play the game yourself. Roll the dice, move ahead a space or two and see if you can figure out “whodunnit” for yourself. This is one show where we all get to play the game and play along as the actors play … in a play." — Allegany Magazine
The tale begins at a remote mansion… Six guests are invited to a dinner party thrown by an anonymous host. They are given aliases—Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum, and Miss Scarlet. Though discouraged from revealing personal information, it is soon discovered that all of them have fallen victim to the same blackmailer, their very host of the evening. Each is presented with a weapon and an option: pay their extortionist double or kill the innocent butler. What follows is a madcap, slapstick evening full of murder, mystery, and laughs as they seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst criminals.
"A new stage production... is a very fun, very silly 1950s-set whodunit that strikes some contemporary parallels on the way to its grand reveal." — NY Times
OpenStage’s Essential Season features rich, fully imagined theatrical experiences to captivate your heart and mind. Clue: On Stage will be performed at the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre. The Magnolia Theatre is a proscenium theatre with 226 seats, ample production and support space, and top-of-the-line audience amenities. Address: 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521.
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Jonathan Lynn has directed 10 feature films including the cult classic Clue (he also wrote the screenplay), Nuns on the Run (also written by Mr. Lynn), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, Sgt. Bilko, Greedy, Trial And Error, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations, and most recently, Wild Target. His first produced screenplay was The internecine Project (1974). For television, Jonathan’s writing credits include dozens of episodes of various comedy series but he is best known for the phenomenally successful, multi-award-winning BBC series Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, co-written and created with Antony Jay. Jonathan authored the bestselling books The Complete Yes, Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback and have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later. His novel Mayday (1991) is being re-published by Endeavour Press and his latest books Comedy Rules (Faber and Faber) and Samaritans (Endeavour) both received rave reviews. About Samaritans, the Sunday Times said: “This is a book George Orwell would have approved of.” Jonathan made his first professional appearance on Broadway in the revue Cambridge Circus, and his television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, live with 70 million viewers, both at the age of 21. Jonathan’s West End theatre debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of Fiddler on the Roof. His subsequent London directing credits include The Glass Menagerie; Songbook (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); Anna Christie (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton’s Loot; Pass The Butler by Eric Idle, Shaw’s Arms And The Man and The Gingerbread Man (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End. His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award –Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information. Lynn received an MA in Law from Cambridge University and now lives in New York, describing himself as a recovering lawyer.
Sandy Rustin is an actress and award-winning playwright named to the Broadway Women’s Fund’s “Women to Watch” list. Her adaptation of the cult-hit film, CLUE was the most produced American play in 2020 and 2021 (over 1000 productions!). Directed by Casey Hushion, the play broke all box office records during its regional premiere at Cleveland Playhouse, its West Coast premiere at La Mirada Playhouse, and its East Coast premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse where the NY TIMES called it “a welcome throwback to an era of physical comedy!” The play is currently running in the UK (“Cluedo”) on a national tour directed by Tony and Olivier-winning director, Mark Bell. Sandy’s original comedy, The Cottage, (“Laugh Out Loud!” – The NY Times) was presented by Manhattan Theatre Club with Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) directing and is in development for an upcoming commercial production in New York. Her musical adaptation of MGM’s film, MYSTIC PIZZA, directed by Casey Hushion premiered at The Ogunquit Playhouse in '21; and will start its life of licensing at The Engeman Theatre in the fall of '22.
Hunter Foster is the Artistic Director for the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY where he most recently directed Rent and God of Carnage. He directed The Other Josh Cohen off-Broadway at the West Side theatre in NYC and was named the 2018 “Director of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal for his productions of 42nd Street at the Bucks County Playhouse, and The Drowsy Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House. Also at the Bucks County Playhouse he has directed: Clue, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror, Summer of ’42, Million Dollar Quartet and It’s a Wonderful Life. He has also directed the world premieres of One Hit Wonder, for the University of Michigan and A Connecticut Christmas Carol for Goodspeed Musicals. Other directing credits include: Guys and Dolls, Our Town (Theatre Aspen), The Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre), Once, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, The Foreigner, Clue (Cape Playhouse) Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Manana); and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, St. Louis Rep and at many other theatres around the country. He has written the librettos for two off-Broadway musicals, Summer of ’42 (Outer Critic Circle Award for Best musical) and Jasper in Deadland. Other writing credits include: Clue, The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (Aurora Theatre), Sleepy Hollow (Signature Theatre) and The Big Boom.
As an actor, he has performed on Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors (Tony Nomination), Urinetown, The Producers, The Bridges of Madison County, Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, Footloose, Les Miserables, Grease, Pump Boys and Dinettes and King David.
Eric Price has written the lyrics and books to the musicals The Violet Hour, Radioactive, Presto Change-o, Around the World, Hello Out There, The Sixth Borough, and additional material for the stage adaptation of the film Clue, which has been America's #1 most-produced full-length play for two consecutive years. In addition, Eric’s musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma has been performed across the country in hundreds of productions. With his collaborator Will Reynolds, Eric won the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing, the Lotte Lenya Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and an ASCAP Plus Award. Eric's work has been recognized as a finalist for the Kleban Prize for both lyrics and libretto, the Richard Rodgers Award, and the Jonathan Larson Grant. Eric's work has been produced at theaters in New York, around the country, and in Europe. Production experience includes projects at such institutions as Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Menier Chocolate Factory, Barrington Stage, Symphony Space, Merkin Recital Hall, Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible.com, Joe's Pub, 54 Below (including solo show), Birdland, the Ravinia Festival, and more.