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Taproot Theatre presents a musical ‘whodunit’ with ‘Something’s Afoot’

“Something’s Afoot,” a murder mystery opening at Taproot Theatre Company on July 15, begins by letting you know who didn’t do it.

Jenny Cross, Natalie Ann Moe, and Tim Tully. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

“The butler didn’t do it!” So starts this murder mystery musical that has been delighting audiences for decades. When wealthy Lord Rancour is found dead at his lakeside estate, the race to find out whodunit begins. Filled with booby-traps and belted songs, this hilarious spoof hums along as you play armchair detective to a zany cast of characters.

Directed by Scott Nolte, “Something’s Afoot” runs July 15 through Aug. 13, with previews July 13-14.
“Murder mysteries have always been a big hit among our patrons, since the early days of Taproot Theatre,” Nolte said in a press release. “So, we got to thinking, what better way to celebrate our 35th Anniversary Season and say thanks for the years of support than to present a murder mystery musical? This clever spoof honors the mystery greats like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.”
“Something’s Afoot” premiered in 1972 at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Taproot’s production features Dale Bowers, Gerald B. Browning, Ryan Childers, Jenny Cross, William Hamer, Ian Lindsay, Natalie Anne Moe, Deanna Sarkar, Pat Sibley and Tim Tully.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. There’s a pay-what-you-can performance on July 20, and post-play discussions on Wednesday nights (except for the preview night). Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St.