Despite its title, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is not a musical - though there are a couple of songs - rather, it is a side-splitting sendup of the classic “whodunit,” full of confused identities and outlandish situations.
The story focuses on the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher.” They assemble for a backers’ audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy angel, but as they prepare their performance, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims into hiding, and accusing fingers point in all directions. Added to the chaos are a bumbling detective on snowshoes, two (or three?) Nazi agents, and a German maid who is apparently four different people - all of whom figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again, and again.
Tickets for these performances are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT box office or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. New England Youth Theatre is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs and listening devices for patrons who are hard of hearing.