5 Reasons We Love Clue
Clue has leapt off the game board and onto the stage in an exciting and hilarious theatrical adaptation, currently running at the Bucks County Playhouse. Beloved actress Sally Struthers stars in this production of the comedic whodunit, based off the popular film. You won’t want to miss Clue: On Stage, which you can save 45% on seats to through TodayTix. Here are just a few of the reasons we can’t get enough of this weird and wonderful mystery.
1. The classic board game is the best.
The game was originally called “Murder!” by it’s inventors, English musician Anthony Pratt and his wife Elva. The came up with the idea for the game during World War II as a means of keeping occupied while hiding in bunkers during air raids. When the Pratts sold their idea to Waddington’s in 1947, the game was renamed “Cluedo” (a combination of the word “clue” with the latin word for “play”) and is still titled as such in England. When Cluedo was licensed to Parker Brothers in the US, they renamed it “Clue.”
2. So is the awesome movie.
The movie, released in 1985, was directly inspired by the board game. While it totally bombed in theaters, it is now regarded as a bonafide cult classic. The movie features an all-star cast, lead by the legendary Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn. Kahn famously improvised one of the film’s most quoted lines, “Flames, on the sides of my face.” The film Clue has multiple endings, so when it was initially released, movie-goers could choose if they wanted to see the movie end in either A, B, or C.
3. It makes for a great group Halloween costume.
The characters from Clue make an awesome group Halloween costume, since they are all recognizably unique, colorful, and fun. Since Clue is a murder mystery, the costume is also a good fit for the holiday spirit. In fact, the game and the movie adaptation of Clue receive great attention during the month of October.
4. There’s a fun musical adaptation.
Much like the film adaptation of the game, Clue: The Musical was met with skepticism when it was first produced. Now, the show is widely produced across the country, especially in community theaters. The musical features a familiar cast of whacky characters, multiple endings (that the audience gets to decide on the night of the show), and some great musical numbers, like “Everyday Devices.”
5. And a gameshow, too!
The thrilling and silly British TV show Cluedo invited viewers and celebrity contestants to try and solve weekly mysteries at the mansion at Arlington Grange. The scenarios and weapons changed while the cast of possible suspects always remained the same. The show lasted for four seasons.
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