“The Humoral Funeral Parlor on the Corner of the Street - A Killer Musical Comedy" is a new music with book, music, and lyrics by Christian Cieri that had it's world premiere staged reading on October 5th, 2022 through the Emerging Artists Theatre's Fall 2022 New Work Series. The recorded performance can be found above.
Centered around a family of undertakers, the Humoral family are on the brink of losing everything when a rival opens up shop and begins stealing all of their business. Threatened with losing his ancestral home and becoming the failure his father predicted he would be, Maxim enlists the help of his brother Quincy and son Robert to kill people for business. Meanwhile, Maxim's wife Sarah grapples with being overshadowed by the family legacy, Quincy must pay off gangsters over gambling debts, and Robert struggles to win back Maxim's secretary Corrine after his selfishness drives her into the arms of another.
Nicholas Schommer - Maxim Humoral
Kelsey Bentz - Sarah Humoral
Aaron Braden - Quincy Humoral
Michael Koutelos - Robert Humoral
Emme Castillo - Corrine LeBlanc
Olivia Laskin - Mourner 1/Various
Lindsey M.E. Newton - Mourner 2/Ms. Norcross
Christian Cieri - Mourner 3/Nathaniel Ramsey
Paul P. Fraccalvieri - Mourner 4/Mr. Hughes
James Brautigam - Mourner 5/Mr. Crowley
Directed By: Christian Cieri
Music Director: Mitch Samu
Book, Music, & Lyrics: Christian Cieri
Assistant Producer: Ryan Kilkenny
Videographer: Stephen Canino Jr.
Original Logo/Art: Jackie Nash
"Prologue (The Humoral Funeral Parlor on the Corner of the Street)" - The Mourners and Company
"The Funeral Director" - Maxim, Sarah, Quincy, Robert, Corrine, and Mr. Wentworth
"Bring Your Dead to Me" - Maxim, Sarah, Quincy, Robert, Corrine, and Mr. Hughes
"Them Good Old Days" - Maxim, Quincy, and Robert
"Worth the Time" - Sarah and Corrine
"The Funeral Director (Reprise)" - Mr. Hughes, Maxim, and Sarah