Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theater premieres "The Godfather Murders" tonight

February 7, 2013 

Don Connoli Tortellini Pimento Clamato is the Godfather. He's celebrating his 100th birthday when he's suddenly killed.

So who killed him and who is going to take his place?

Those are the questions.

"The Godfather Murders" is the 11th original murder mystery created by Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre, the brainchild of husband-and-wife team JJ and Kate Musgrove.

The Don wants to name his oldest son, Monty Hall Panceta Clamato, to succeed him but Monty has fallen in love with the daughter of the rival Don.

He thinks his youngest son, Joey Pesci Manchego Clamato, who wants the job, is too young.

The Don ends up asking audience members their advice on who to name the new godfather in the first act. But then, he's killed. In the second act, Monty and Joey team up to find their father's killer. In the final act, Detective Jack Hammer and his sidekick, Officer Petey, close the case.

Anyone who wants to be part of the play and get a role needs to be at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Columbus at 6:45 p.m.

Kate Musgrove said that many audience members who receive roles really get into their parts. She's even seen them outside the hotel, going through their lines.

Actors Cameron Bean and Adam Montague play all the roles. It's Bean's third play for Sherlock's and Montague's second.

JJ Musgrove said this play is loosely based on "The Mafia Murders" that was presented in 2009. It's been updated with new characters as well as audience roles.

The murder mystery dinner concept has been a hit, said JJ Musgrove, the director of donor services at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

"Since we started in 2008, nearly 8,000 people have attended our shows," he said. "We will have our 8,000th person this show."

He and his wife, a Columbus State University theater professor, write all the shows together. They also co-direct. She makes sure they have all the costumes and props. He makes sure that the sound and technical aspects of the show are covered.

These shows are basically comedies, Kate Musgrove said.

As an actor, Montague likes "the unpredictableness of each audience."

Bean and Montague are lucky because like the other Sherlock's productions, this one is written for them. The Musgroves first cast the show and then write the script.

The first version of "The Godfather Murders" featured one male actor and one female actor. The roles were completely rewritten for Bean and Montague.

"If you like the first one, you will love this one," Kate Musgrove said.

"Especially the musical number," Bean added.

"Yes, the gumshoe does a soft-shoe," Kate Musgrove cracked.

The actors have fun doing the show, and the audience begins to bond together during the time they're together, Kate Musgrove said.

"There's a sense of community," she said. "It's very unique to this particular thing."

Musgrove said it's a PG-13 production, though they have had children as young as 10.

"Parents need to make their own decision," she said.

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