REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express at Fulton Theatre

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It’s a new year and The Fulton is celebrating with a new show! The Theatre opened its mainstage production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, adapted by Ken Ludwig on Thursday, and I think it’s the perfect way to continue to “ride” the crime craze into 2020.

While aboard the Orient Express, a group of strangers is startled by a murder leading to a classic whodunnit for Christie’s beloved Detective Hercule Poirot to solve. It’s the perfect murder mystery that will “derail” your own conclusions until the very end. If you’re a Dateline-lover like me, this show is definitely for you!

The production will be a familiar affair to Fulton-goers, as the cast features several Fulton regulars. One of my favorites, Charis Leos, is celebrating her 20th production at the Fulton with this show. She absolutely shined in Mamma Mia! last year and brings that same sparkle, sass and shine to Murder. As always, the entire cast works together beautifully to keep you intrigued, laughing and guessing as to who the true killer is.

A new production is always special for both theatre-goers and the cast and crew, but Murder is particularly unique, as it’s the first production using the Theatre’s new stage right.

The new space allows the production to really take you “onboard” the Orient Express and further into the story. I’m excited to see how this boosts future shows even more. The expansion is just one part of the Fulton’s “Breakthrough Performance,” the Theatre’s capital campaign to renovate, enhance and advance not only the Theatre itself but its contributions to Lancaster’s arts community.

Murder on the Orient Express has been held over until Feb. 13, but I’d suggest visiting the Theatre on Feb. 7 to celebrate First Friday in Lancaster before settling in for the show. (It’s Lancaster’s version of Third in the Burg.)

There are some wonderful art galleries nearby that are hosting events that evening, and several of the City’s restaurants will have food and drink specials and live music.

Or, “kill it” Valentine’s Day with a pair of tickets to the February 13 performance to kick off the “holiday” weekend. Nothing says “I love you!” like murder, right?

Murder on the Orient Express runs through Feb. 13. Find more information and tickets here.

Looking ahead, the Fulton will welcome Act of God, an irreverent comedy, in its upstairs studio series starting Feb. 11 and bring the popular Kinky Boots to the mainstage in March.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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