The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Irene Crist, Standrew Parker, Laura Stracko, Bryan Robinson, Michael Gravois, and Liz Sharpe

Photo by Rory Dale

Additional work on this project

Poster Design

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Poster

Production Photos

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Production Shots


The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop, produced at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, September 18 - October 18, 2009.

About these compositions

These pieces of music were used as underscore, for scene shifts and to provide dramatic and comedic tension throughout the show. The music was sequenced in Logic Pro using the EWQL Symphonic Orchestra sample library.

The Sound Design for this show has been nominated for a 2010 Memphis Theatre "Ostrander" Award.

Click here to see a video clip of the Opening Underscore from the show.

Opening Underscore

Opening Underscore Out

Suspensful Chord

Ominous Chords

Murderous Underscore

Fight Underscore

Curtain Call


Secret passageways, Nazi saboteurs, and dead bodies combine to create a blizzard of mayhem in this sidesplitting comedy. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the Stage Door Slasher. New York Magazine hails Murders as "the intelligent person's kind of nonsense."