Something’s Afoot @ 5th Avenue Theatre

Muuuuuuuuurdeeeeeeer 🔪

📸: 5th Avenue Theatre

📆 Friday, March 1st – Saturday, March 24th
📍 5th Avenue Theatre: 1308 5th Ave, Seattle

For whatever reason, the rest of our local musical mecca’s season is Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater’s generation-defining, Tony-winning, repressed German teens-have-feelings-and-also-sex rock musical Spring Awakening sandwiched between two ensemble-heavy murder mysteries. In July, there’s Clue, based on the film/board game with such a midnight movie following it’s going to be a hoot to see live. On the other side of that sandwich is Something’s Afoot, opening Friday, March 1st.

Originally produced in the 1970s, it’s ostensibly a version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. (If you’re above a certain age and read the book in middle/high school, it was also called [Censored Title Because We’ve Grown as a Society].) But more than that, it’s a song-filled spoof of Christie mysteries in general, a veritable mother lode for arch silliness. You see, it’s the 1930s, many people have been invited to an English country estate, and the host is muuuuuuuuuuuuurdeeeeeeeeered. With a storm a-brewin’ outside and no way out, the guests must finger the culprit. But given the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker bent of this particular musical, it’s a whole lot zanier than what Christie intended.

Helmed by producing artistic director Bill Berry, the cast includes some stellar 5th alums, including Adam Standley (Ride the Cyclone), Brandon O’Neill (White Christmas), and Stranger Genius Award recipient Sarah Rudinoff (Mamma Mia!), plus a heap of stars from last season’s Sweeney Todd (Yusef SeeversAnne AllgoodPorscha Shaw).

Whodunit? Who knows? It might be you. Where were you on the evening of [writer suddenly gets stabbed]

💌 Be Our Pen Pal! Find out what’s happening in Seattle by subscribing to our newsletter.


Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.