The cast of "The Play that Goes Wrong" at Emerson Colonial, Nov. 7-18.
The cast of "The Play that Goes Wrong" at Emerson Colonial, Nov. 7-18.

Jamie Ann Romero starts to giggle when she talks about performing in "The Play That Goes Wrong," the madcap-comedy murder-mystery that plays the Emerson Colonial Theatre from Nov. 7-18.

"Everything that could go wrong does go wrong -- props break, people fight, people get hurt," Romero said last week by phone from Tampa, Fla.

The show, a hit on Broadway and in London's West End, follows the Cornley University Drama Society during the opening night of their 1920s murder-mystery, "The Murder at Haversham Manor."

Hijinks ensue as the accident-prone thespians try to get through the show while all goes wrong.

The show was co-written by Mischief Theatre Company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields.

It has been described as "a comedy that acts as a musical that combines the hilarity of Monty Python and the Marx Brothers with Sherlock Holmes."

"It's truly a laugh a minute," says Romero, who plays Sandra in the company and Florence, the murder victim Charles' fiancée in the play that goes wrong.

Romero loves the opportunity to do slapstick. "I am having so much fun," she said.

The Denver native said she is looking forward to playing Boston.

"I've never been there before, but I have friends there," she said.

Tickets start at $44.50 and are available at or call 888-616-0272.


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On the marquee

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