Cruisical! The Murder Mystery Musical


Six lousy actors find themselves working a dead-end contract on a bargain cruise line. As if the isolation and monotony weren't enough, they're also stuck with Renee: a tight-laced stage manager who's constantly breathing down their necks. One night, a strange accident nearly kills an actor on stage. With accusations flying and tensions flaring, these hapless players must band together to face a horror they never imagined- before their head shots end up on the evening news.


Cruisical! has been in development since November of 2016. The show utilizes Thicket & Thistle's signature actor-musician dynamic and added in 3 more performers. It continues to rely on theater magic, using little to no props or costumes. 

It was performed as a full reading as part of Loading Dock Theater Company's Forklift Developmental Reading Series in April 2017, and a newly updated, 15-minute excerpt of the show was performed as part of New Light Theater Project's Darkroom 14 Developmental Series.

The show is now being developed as part of Access Theater's Residency Program.

Photos from Darkroom 14 at Access Theatre courtesy of Emily Adar and Ryan McGilloway

Current Cast includes:  Kyle Acheson, Amanda Berry, Sam De Roest, Jonathan Eric Foster, Rita Posillico, Joshua Stenseth, Marguerite Stern and Lindsay Zaroogian.