Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher

A NEW musical by

Kevin Zak, Josh Lamon, Phillip Taratula, and Keith VarneY

Music Director: Kevin David Thomas
Choreography by Jesse Robb
Directed by Dan Knechtges

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Who's Who

KEVIN ZAK (Creator/Book Writer) is a New York City based actor, singer, and comedian originally from Buffalo, NY. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, Kevin interned on Season 7 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While living in Los Angeles, Kevin trained in and performed improv comedy at the famed Groundlings Improv Theatre. He has continued his studies at the Upright Citizen's Brigade in NYC. As a performer Kevin was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the Off-Broadway hit comedy Clinton The Musical . The original cast album is available on iTunes. Other Off-Broadway credits include Silence! The Musical and Darling Grenadine at NAMT. NYC workshops include Intermission! (written and directed by acclaimed film director/screenwriter Jerry Zucker), Diary of a Wimpy KidCitizen Ruth, and My Life Is a Musical. Regionally, Kevin has performed at Goodspeed Musicals, The MUNY, Forestburgh Playhouse, and the Blumenthal PAC. To learn more and keep up, please visit Kevin's website at 

JOSH LAMON (Book Writer/Additional Music and Lyrics/Sheriff Tom Bosley) recently completed his run in the Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day, where he originated the role of ‘Buster’, the town mayor and keeper of the groundhog Phil. He is most known for his other scene stealing work on and off Broadway in such hits as Finding Neverland (original cast), Hair (both the original revival cast and the 2011 ‘Summer Of Love’ company), Into the Woods (opposite Amy Adams, Donna Murphy and Denis O’Hare), Little Miss Sunshine (with James Lapine and Bill Finn), and his acclaimed performance of “Richard” (aka the Fat Nurse) in City Center’s revival of A New Brain starring opposite Jonathan Groff and Ana Gastayer. Ben Brantley of The New York TImes called Josh’s work a “breakthrough performance.” Josh has also been seen on such hit shows as “30 Rock,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and as Craigory on Hulu’s “Deadbeat.”

KEITH VARNEY (Music and Lyrics) has written book, music and lyrics in various combinations for I Got Fired (Dir. Steve Bebout; NYMF, DIMF – Best American Musical), Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher (Dir. Dan Knechtges), Elway: The Musical, The Other Sex, Joshua: The Musical, and Pie Eater. Screenplays include Unsolicited and I Got Fired. Short musicals include Scooby Doosical and Dumping Grounds. He has written songs for “Submissions Only,” Hot Mess in Manhattan, Stranger Things: The Musical, See You Lighter, My Mother is a Sex Therapist, and Dystopia Gardens. As an acto,r he has performed professionally in musicals including Les Miserables, The Producers, The Full Monty, Titanic, Take One, and I Got Fired (Best Actor in a Musical – DIMF). He has a degree in classical voice from the Eastman School of Music. He is also a horror novelist (The Dead Circle and Beneath the Snow). 

PHILLIP TARATULA (Book Writer/The Suspects) recently appeared in Scarpino, Leading Ladies and Hound of the Baskervilles at Gulfshore Playhouse. New York theatre credits: Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective); The World is Round (Ripe Time); The Deepest Play Ever (Collaboration Town); Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE Arts Center). Regional: Humana Festival, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, North Shore Music Theatre, Huntington, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, ArtFarm. Opera: Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera, Frosch u/s); The Soldier’s Tale (Castleton Festival, Lorin Maazel, conductor). TV: “The Outs” (Vimeo Original Programming); “Whatever This Is.” BFA, Boston University School of Theatre. Follow him on Instagram @ptaratula