The show, which is a madcap parody of film noir, had its premiere at the Philadelphia Theatre Company under Kaller's direction in the fall of 2005; deBenedet, Mendoza, and Ragusa all appeared in that production and all received Barrymore Awards for their performances.
The show's creative team includes Thomas Lynch (sets), Willa Kim (costumes), Jeff Croiter (lighting), Peter J. Fitzgerald (sound), and Michael Starobin (orchestrations). Melnick, who wrote the show's music, is the grandson of the legendary composer Richard Rodgers. Durang, who wrote the book and lyrics, is the author of such plays as Miss Witherspoon, Beyond Therapy, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo.
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