2020 Shows

Here is a description of the shows we have available for public, private and fundraising events. You'll also find a link to Theatre on the Road and its 2020 schedule of shows. For additional information or questions on show content or availability email: murdercafe.ny@gmail.com.


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?

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York will host the world premier of MURDER BY MAGIC at their 44th annual mystery weekend, February 28-March 1. The show then moves to The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck and the Hotel Broadalbin in Broadalbin, NY. See our CALENDAR page for dates and details. 


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.


'Til Death Do We Sing is a revamping of Murder at the Mic, one of our most popular whodunits, and one that premiered in 2012. This updated version has a new murderer, new songs, and more opportunities for audience interaction. In addition to the public dates scheduled in early 2020 the show is available for company parties and fundraising events year-round..


by John Fogarty

This swinging evening is set in a 1940's nightclub and features the music and comedy of the big band era. You will be invited to win prizes by solving - you guessed it – a whodunit. Come dressed for the part: Dig out your splashy zoot suit and bombshell dress, grab your pals, and shake your way into the fun. This swell romp melds comedy, music and mystery and spits out one swanky show.


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 venue that has historic significance. 


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!

Gilligan and the castaways will be back on THE PRIDE OF HUDSON beginning in May. They're also available for your private party or fundraising event.


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.



A Roaring 20’s Night of Flappers, Moonshine, Mobsters and Murder now in its 4th year!


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!

This show can be customized for any industry. 


The Miss Ghastly Ghoul Pageant is showing signs of mold. Barnabas, the bloodsucking host, and witchy producer Hilda need to open the competition to audience members. Talent-challenged Misty and decaying diva Carrie are not happy. Chucky, the only judge, needs help from Cruella. Everyone will be fussed over by Freddie K, legendary pageant stylist. Someone will be crowned Queen of the Crypt – and someone will die trying.

Murder Cafe's 2020 Halloween murder mystery dinner show.


A Holly Jolly Murder Mystery

Things are going great at the North Pole until Elf Sugarplum threatens to expose Santa’s bad labor practices. She accuses Santa of buying toys directly from on-line giant Slam-a-zon. Is Rudolph a secret agent for Krampus, Santa's enemy and top competitor? Who killed Elf Snowball and what happened to Santa's list of customers? With your help Mrs. Claus will step in to save Christmas and find out whodunit and why!


A new holiday interactive whodunit for your 2020 company party. 


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.

Murder Cafe Shows Past and Present

A Merger to Die For, A Recipe to Die For, A Wedding in Transylvania, Talked to Death, Slay Bells Ring

The Art of Murder, Murder Me Always, Murder by Magic, Murder at the Mic, The Night of the Witches Wedding

Murder at the Mansion, Murder by Chocolate, Gilligan's Island of Death, Murder at the High School Reunion

Haunted Halloween Beauty Pageant, Murder at the Speakeasy, My Fair Murder, Murder at Cafe Noir

Murder at the Starlight Ballroom, Twisted Cabaret, Lola's Lounge, A Haunting at the Vanderbilt

Dying to Win and The Night of Cupid's Wedding

22 Years!
24 Original Plays!
750 Performances!
Over 50,000


Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York State

Tel: 845.475.7973 Email: murdercafe.ny@gmail.com

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