By Holly Kline
Nickel Plate Players theater company, perhaps best known for last summer’s musical “Beehive,” is back with another original production called “Death of a Piano Man: Who Killed Billy Joel?” The show is a murder mystery with audience involvement and will take place at 6 p.m. on April 10 and 11 at The Historic Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens, 10595 Eller Rd. in Fishers.
Sandy Thorne is founding member of NPP and is a co-writer and director of the show. “Murder mysteries are always fun and we won’t require a lot from the audience,” she said. “We will talk to them and point them out; it will be like they’re in the show’s bar.” Tickets are $50 each and include a four-course catered dinner.
Beth Clark co-wrote the show and is curator and programming director for The Ambassador House. “The space at The Ambassador House is an intimate setting that allows people to feel they are part of the show,” she said. “It has a charm and uniqueness that sets it apart from a banquet space.”
It’s easy to imagine that “Death of a Piano Man: Who Killed Billy Joel?” will be a hit as audiences last summer loved NPP’s first production, “Beehive.” Presented at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater, “Beehive” drew 2,000 attendees.
Because of “Beehive’s” success, the city of Fishers wants NPP to present two more musicals this summer. Thorne explained that there will be two different one-night performances. “The first one is called ‘Girls Night Out’ and it will be in June,” she said. “The second one is not yet titled and it will be in August.”
Both productions will be “jukebox musicals.” According to Thorne, a jukebox musical contains an easy plot with well-known music. “People will have a good time with it,” stated Thorne.
Thorne’s favorite part about working on “Death of a Piano Man: Who Killed Billy Joel?” was the collaboration with co-writers Amanda Bell and Beth Clark. “At Nickel Plate Players, we want to do a lot of original productions and do it with local talent,” said Thorne. “Collaboratively we all wrote the Billy Joel show and it was a lot of fun.” Visit www.nickelplateplayers.com for ticket information; seating is limited and reservations are required.