Frank Woodley narrates The Composer is Dead! Suspect Number One: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra teams up with one of the legends of Australian comedy, Frank Woodley, this November for a family-friendly concert with a dreadful twist: The Composer is Dead! This part performance, part murder mystery follows inspector Woodley as he solves the question on everyone’s lips, “Whodunnit?”

With an entire orchestra of suspects, Woodley offers a unique introduction to classical music incorporating all the humour and wit of Lemony Snicket. He will cast a quizzical eye over the strings section, and look a little bit closer at the suspicious-looking brass. He will investigate the percussionists, and there are questions over the winds’ alibi…

“I’m absolutely rapt to be doing The Composer is Dead with the MSO. I’ve done the show lots now, and it’s a real crowd pleaser,” said Frank, “It’s a wonderful way to introduce kids to the symphony orchestra, and it’s a hoot for everyone else too. Lemony Snicket has written a brilliant, twisty mystery, the music is magnificent, and I get to roam amongst the instruments being a bumbling detective which has honestly been a dream for me ever since I saw my first Pink Panther film. I’ve had a number of people tell me it’s the best show they’ve ever seen, which is not bad.”

The Composer is Dead is a brilliant musical mystery and a wonderful introduction to the symphony orchestra, with text by Lemony Snicket and music by Nathaniel Stookey. Spend a Saturday with family, friends, Frank and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Date: Saturday 11 November | 11am
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Tickets: $29