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Arlington Heights, Ill., September 13, 2018 A Star is Dead lets you play the detective in this interactive Murder Mystery Dinner, hosted by Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and Metropolis Ballroom October 26, 2018.

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and Metropolis Ballroom invite you to a very mysterious dinner party. It’s the late 1930’s and auditions are being held for a big upcoming motion picture directed by a big time Hollywood director. Major stars are in the running and stakes are high to land the leading roles. As actors vie for the role of a lifetime things take a dark turn. You’ll get your chance to help solve this who-dun-nit and even get a chance to participate in the action in this fun interactive murder mystery.

A special menu has been created for A Star is Dead, which includes your choice of Chicken Piccata, Portabello Mushroom, or Mediterranean Salmon, and comes served with Port Poached Pear Salad, Batonette of Spring Vegetables, Dauphinnoise Potatoes, and Blackout Chocolate Torte with raspberry coulis.

Murder Mystery Dinner: A Star is Dead comes to Metropolis Friday, October 26, 2018: Cocktail Hour at 6:00 P.M., Dinner & Show at 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $60 and include dinner and show. All tickets must be purchased by October 19, 2018 at or by calling or visiting the Box Office at 847.577.2121.

Written and directed by Andrew J. Pond, the cast features local actress Jenna Payne (Shirley Jest) of Des Plaines. The cast also includes Nicole Frydman, (Sarah Barndoor), Christopher John Grella (Otto Ophenheimer), Michael C. Hyatt (John Smith/Detective Paddy O’Furniture), and Aaron Pepple (Francis Dodge Cocopella).

Murder Mystery Dinner: A Star is Dead is part of the 2018-2019 Season at Metropolis, bringing the highest quality live entertainment to the northwest suburbs. Upcoming shows include A Chorus Line (September 20 – November 3), Simply Sinatra (November 10), It’s a Good Day: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee (November 17), and An Evening with Rocky LaPorte and Friends Mike Preston and Brian Hicks (December 3).

Metropolis thanks its generous media partner Tribune Media Group. Metropolis is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Metropolis is located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in downtown Arlington Heights at the intersection of Campbell and Vail Avenue (111 West Campbell Street). Street parking is available. Free parking is available in the public garage behind the theatre. For more information about Metropolis and a list of upcoming events visit or call the Box Office at 847.577.2121.

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre provides professional entertainment and arts education, enriching our community.

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