Greenfield native bringing murder mystery musical to hometown theater

  • “A Killer Party”

  • DUDA

Staff Report
Published: 4/22/2021 2:28:17 PM

GREENFIELD — Broadway star and Greenfield native Kevin Duda is bringing one of his productions home, with screenings of “A Killer Party” coming to the Garden Cinemas starting April 30.

“A Killer Party” is a tongue-in-cheek murder mystery musical produced while Broadway has been closed amid the pandemic, according to a Garden Cinemas press release. The musical was born out of a collaboration between more than 50 Broadway professionals all working together remotely. The cast includes a who’s who of Broadway including stars from “Wicked,” “Mean Girls,” “Hamilton,” “Aladdin” and “Waitress,” as well as stars of television’s “Supergirl,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and “The Blacklist.”

Duda, producer of “A Killer Party, is a graduate of Greenfield High School Class of 1995, as is Angela Mass, who owns the Garden Cinemas with her husband, Isaac. The two have been friends since they attended kindergarten together at the now defunct Holy Trinity School.

Broadway fans may be familiar with Duda’s roles in “The Book of Mormon” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” but he got his start locally on Greenfield High School’s stage alongside Isaac Mass in productions of “Out of the Frying Pan” and other comedy mysteries.

‘“A Killer Party’ is just like the fun and campy stuff we used to do in high school,” Isaac Mass said in the release, “only with much better acting.”

Angela Mass reached out to Duda — who is now an executive producer for Crown Media Family Networks, making content for the Hallmark Channel — about Hallmark movies when content dried up from major studios, the release explains. Duda responded by offering “A Killer Party.”

“When I heard that Angela and Isaac bought the Garden theater just a few months before the pandemic hit, I knew I wanted to help,” Duda said. “I am so pleased to be able to help the Garden on whose screens I really had a chance to see the world outside Greenfield for the first time, where I saw people sing and dance and be bigger than life.”

Still, this is not Duda’s first time giving back to Greenfield. In 2009, he brought a crew from Broadway to do a sold out fundraiser for the Music Department at Greenfield High School, where Angela Mass works as a math teacher and serves as treasurer of the Band Parents Association.


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