2022 Shows

We're back. Actually we never left. Sure, we had challenges during the COVID era but we overcame them with radio mysteries and live streaming. We have live, and safe, shows scheduled for 2022. For additional information or questions on our available shows email us at murdercafe.ny@gmail.com.

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Death by Chocolate

Danny Crunkle, owner of Dan-Dee-Can-Dee, is merging with Hershel Crackleberry his biggest competitor. Danny’s dinner guests include his soft son Goobar, nutty ex-wife Sister GODIVA, creamy girlfriend COCO, crunchy attorney FANNY FARMER and brittle chocolatier RUSSELL STOVER. Before your salad is served someone will poison Danny’s sweet deal and you’re either a suspect or a witness to murder!

Available February 2022 for a series of public shows. 

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.

New for 2022 and available for public and private shows beginning in mid-March. Ideal for a mystery weekend.

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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.

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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Murder at the Art Auction

An evening of Jazz Age art, mystery, and mayhem


The year is 1928, and Professor Louis Bevier has returned to his family’s home in Stone Ridge, New York to host an art auction. Two feuding artists will be in attendance and have paintings up for sale. The revered and aged Terrance Ambrose will auction off his magnum opus, which everyone wants to get their hands on. Art collector Emily Chadbourne and her companion, writer Ellen LaMotte, will bid against gangster Legs Diamond and his mistress, Kiki Roberts. Trying to keep the peace amid this clash of characters is Ian S. Crow, Louis Bevier’s loyal, but befuddled lawyer. Keeping the peace becomes impossible, however, when Terrence Ambrose is found dead just before his masterpiece is auctioned off. So whodunit? Who would you bid on?


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.



 Roaring 20’s Night of Flappers, Moonshine, Mobsters and Murder now in its 6th year!

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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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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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Gilligan's Island of Death

Ahoy for murder on Gilligan's Island!  The castaways become the target of a new "reality show" when TV producers and a film crew descend upon them, and - for the sake of ratings - try to pit them all against each other.  But when the castaways on Gilligan's Island start to drop dead one by one, the survivors soon realize a murder is among them - and the "reality show" is becoming far too real!  Who's bumping the castaways off one by one?  Could it be The Skipper, Mr. Howell, Ginger ... or Gilligan himself?  Join us for Gilligan's Island of Death and see if you can figure it out!

The castaways also available for your next private or 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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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!


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 by Jessica, keyboard wizardry by Paul Duffy and knockout punches by emcee, Frank. 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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The Medium of Murder

The famed Houdinis have agreed to host a meeting of The Ghost Club, a paranormal investigation and research organization. Their good friends, noted author and renowned spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife bring along psychic medium Mina “Margery” Crandon as the evening’s honored guest. Scientist Sir Julian Huxley and famed stage actor William Gillette are also in attendance. All guests will be fussed over by the Houdini’s housekeeper, Miss Alma Burke.


Everyone has assembled at the Houdinis to witness Margery’s powers. Some wish to debunk her and some wish to study her. During her seance, however, somebody falls dead, and our party of paranormal pundits is left with a mystery on its hands!

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The Night of the Witches Wedding

Once a century on All Hallows Eve, the Willobee Witch’s Coven gathers to conjure a groom for Lily Le Fey, a young maiden. During this evening of fun and fright, Blair Witch and Bea Witch stir up a sea of potions and curses that summon three unworthy grooms namely Dick of York, Baron Darin and Uncle Antoine. Each meets a horrible end. Which witch spiked the spells?  Van Horne, your devilish host, will preside over the ceremony and he is joined by Mondo, a hatchet man all too anxious to knock someone into the hereafter.

Now booking public and private shows for October 2022.

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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 22st 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 2022 public performances.

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