Who-Dun-It ‘Shear Madness’ Invites Meadow Brook Theatre Audiences to Help Solve the Crime

Murder Mystery Runs Wednesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 29

There’s been a murder at Rochester’s newest salon and the police need your help. Get ready to comb through the clues and question the suspects like a bona fide “Shearlock” Holmes.

With up-to-the-minute references and clues Shear Madness gives audiences a chance to figure out “whodunit” and deliver a different show every night. Written by Paul Pörtner, Shear Madness runs Wednesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 29 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

L to R: Leslie Ann Handelman ( as Barbara DeMarco), Lynnae Lehfeldt (as Mrs. Shubert), Chris Stinson (as Mike Thomas), Timothy C. Goodwin (as Tony Whitcomb), Gil Brady (as Nick O’Brien) and Cory Cunningham (as Eddie Lawrence).
Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography

“Because each show includes local references, spontaneous humor, and an ever changing ending, audiences have fun seeing ‘Shear Madness over and over again,” said Travis W. Walter, MBT artistic director. “Shear Madness holds the Guinness World Record as the longest running play in America—it’s being going for almost 40 years in Boston and 30 years in Washington D.C.”

Last season, Shear Madness had a successful Off-Broadway run, and two of the New York cast members are joining the Meadow Brook family for this production. Gil Brady will play Nick O’Brien and Timothy C. Goodwin will play Tony Whitcomb at MBT. The remainder of the cast includes Chris Stinson (Mike Thomas) and Cory Cunningham (Eddie Lawrence) from the Washington D.C. cast and MBT alums Leslie Ann Handelman (Barbara DeMarco),and Lynnae Lehfeldt (Mrs. Shubert).

“And, of course, Rochester,” added Walter. “You’re going to swear the salon is just down the road. It’s almost like the region is another character.”

Shear Madness is directed by Travis W. Walter. Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with set design by Brian Kessler, costume design by Corey Collins, lighting design by Reid G. Johnson and sound design by Mike Duncan.

Tickets range from $28 to $43 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at www.Ticketmaster.com. Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.

Shear Madness is made possible through the generous support of The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild.

Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.MBTheatre.com or call 248-377-3300. Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for more than 50 years.

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