Play On: ‘Murder’ at the Garvin

By Steven Libowitz   |   March 8, 2022
Smiles and intrigue onboard the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express at SBCC’s Garvin Theatre

Ken Ludwig’s stage version of Murder on the Orient Express was written at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, so the classic Christie mystery – which was also adapted into a hit movie – was in good hands when it premiered in March 2017 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Five years later, The Theatre Group at SBCC brings the show to Santa Barbara as part of its 75th anniversary season. Ludwig, who won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year for The Game’s Afoot, not to mention Tonys for Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy For You, has given his version of Murder all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with memorable characters, thrilling plot turns, and a healthy dose of humor. Department chair Katie Laris directs a cast featuring a few of the company faves including Leesa Beck, Justin Davanzo, Emma-Jane Huerta, Dalina Klan, Haley Klan, Sanford Jackson, McKenna Kline, Will Muse, Mircea Oprea, Jenna Scanlon, Tiffany Story, Matthew Tavianini, Johnny Waaler, and Raymond Wallenthin. Performances run March 2-19 in the Garvin Theatre on SBCC West Campus. 

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