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2023 Shows

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A Recipe to Die For

Four celebrity bakers, Phyllo La Grasso, Gioia Del Monte, Becky Bay and Guy Fury, will compete for the position of Pastry Chef at your restaurant. Each will be asked to prepare an original Valentine’s Day dessert recipe, and each new concoction will be tasted and rated. On hand to oversee the bake-off will be Danny Glaze, the master of ceremonies, and celebrated food critic Francine Lydecker, who, along with several audience members, will act as judges. Murder is also on the menu and it will take a visit from local CSI investigators to determine whodunit and why.

Available February 2023 for a series of public shows

Murder at the Speakeasy

Infamous bootlegger Dutch Schultz has opened a new speakeasy, the Abba Dabba Club, to give girlfriend Lu Lu a place to sing but flapper Rosie isn’t having it. You’ll dance, dine and gulp the best hooch anywhere until tempers flair, bullets rain and the law shows up. One body will fall and it doesn’t look like the Charleston did it.


Coming to Mohonk Mountain House as part of their 2023 Mystery Weekend. For information CLICK HERE!

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The Mystery of the Alien Invasion

It’s 1954 and an extraterrestrial spaceship has been found on Smiley Tower above Mohonk Mountain House during a meeting of A.A.S.S., Americans Against Saucer Secrecy. Dr. Ezekiel Travis Mars, the convention’s speaker, will seize the opportunity to claim that UFOs not only exist, but that an invasion is approaching.


Where is the alien that landed the ship? Evidence shows he has assumed human form and has made himself part of the convention. As a conflict between the believers and the doubters escalates a number of the guests are suddenly acting strangely.

Available for public and private shows and ideal for a mystery weekend.

Murder at the Mansion

The year is 1890 and the Vanderbilts dominate Hudson Valley society. Your evening begins when Frederick and Mrs. Vanderbilt host a summer garden party; you'll mingle with their wealthy neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. John Astor IV, as well as Vassar professor Percy Longfellow. You'll be fussed over by loyal butler, Horace, and fortune-hunting maid, Charlene. Katherine Kerry, a reporter on the scene, observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder.

This show can be customized for any historic venue. 

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The Great Pumpkin Spice Murder

You’re invited to join famed pumpkin farmer, Charles Goodman, and his wife, Annie, in celebrating their winning of the new World Record for growing the biggest pumpkin. Even his former best friend and biggest competition, Sam is in attendance. Not everyone, however, is happy for Charles. His ex-wife, Tiffany, thinks that she should share some of the spotlight. Tempers get as hot as a fresh Pumpkin Spice Latte, and someone won’t be leaving this party alive.

Our 2022 Halloween mystery dinner show is now available for your private event or company party.

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Murder at the Mic

You’re invited to enter the glamorous and cutthroat world of karaoke competition. Someone is killing the contestants at your annual Karaoke Clash. Jock Monte Bloch will invite audience members to sing from a pre-selected playlist. The contestants competing for the trophy include punk rocker Jools, hard rocker Judd, Broadway diva Berdie Zimmerman, lounge legend Jerry Saks and America’s sweetheart April-May.


Murder at the Mic is one of our most popular whodunits, and one that premiered in 2012. Perfect for your company party. 

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Murder Mystery Improv Show!

It's interactive and new for 2022. Invite four professional stand-up comics to your next event. They will work with your guests, or audience, on creating a complete whodunit on the spot. Using suggestions the comics will create theme, characters, plot, and a murder and a motive. As with all Murder Cafe shows it's a whodunit but not scripted.

A perfect show for a private or company party or just because!

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Murder by Magic

An Evening of Spirited Vaudeville and Ghostly Mayhem

The year is 1927 and veteran entertainer Phineas Phibes is emceeing the Masters of Magic and Merriment Vaudeville Show. See the world’s master magician, major medium, charming clown, kiddie crooner and top thespian; they’ll astound you with their amazing acts. Beware, The Great Merlini, the evening’s headliner, is murdered by one of his own tricks – or was he? Whodunit and who will bring Merlini back from the spirit world so he can solve the mystery of his own death?

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Murder Me Always

The 1940s mysteriously come to life as hardboiled detective Archie Morgan enters Café Malta searching for an escaped con. He discovers the café owner, was murdered and his widow wants Archie to solve the crime. The new bartender, has a lot to hide. Other suspects are Laura, the cafe's lovable songbird, scamming Doctor Grimaldi and his ruthless sidekick Trigger Dolan. Enter Queen Farona an exotic dancer who was Waldo’s last lover and Private Bob Ford, a young soldier with amnesia. In order to find the guilty party Archie might need your help weeding through this group of shady suspects!

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The Mystery on Gilligan's Island

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…one that ends in murder. The famous castaways have been rescued and they'll tell you how they survived on the island. A detective enters and announces the Professor is dead and everyone is a suspect. To pay for their defense the castaways decide to put on a talent show. Who will make bail and who killed the professor and why?

The castaways also available for your next private or company party.

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A game show your guests will die for!

You supply two cunning contestants. Mobster Big Mo, the emcee, will have your contestants try to match the answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with six celebrity panelists. There’s enough drama out there, how can you not love this?

A perfect show for a private or company party or just because!

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Twisted Cabaret

Music, Comedy and a Touch of Mayhem!

Twisted Cabaret showcases the very best in live music and comedy – a campy fusion of classic American songs with cutting edge and old-school comedy and audience interaction. This roller coaster ride of a variety show features the vocal stylings of Lydia, wickedly funny business, keyboard wizardry and knockout punches by our emcee. This hot show begins and ends with a bang. Don’t miss it!


This show can be customized for any event.

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A Christmas Carol

Yes, A Christmas Carol. Murder Cafe has been performing a dinner theater version of this holiday classic since 2000. Now in its 23rd year, this family show is a tribute to the spirit of a traditional holiday. You will experience the joy of Christmas as you're invited to feast with the Cratchit family including Bob, Mrs. Cratchit, Belinda and everyone‘s favorite - Tiny Tim. In scenes right of out Dickens’ classic book, you’ll be treated to visits from Ebenezer Scrooge, his Nephew Fred, the Man of Goodwill, the ghost of Jacob Marley and the three spirits of Christmas. In addition, holiday carolers will entertain at your table.

Now booking 2023 public performances.

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