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Ken Ludwig's snappy adaptation of one of the most popular mysteries of all time, Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, opens tonight at the NorShor Theatre and runs through February 11. Duluth Playhouse has added two performances to the run, making this highly-anticipated production the third show of the 2023-2024 season to be extended and the highest-selling play in the theatre’s history.

“Like so many, I love a good mystery. So spending time with Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot (the smartest guy in any room) and the colorful passengers aboard the Orient Express is a whole lot of fun,” said Julie Ahasay, the director of Murder on the Orient Express. “Ken Ludwig’s adaptation is a deft blend of mystery, romance, drama and comedy and these actors are bringing to life some of the most iconic characters in Christie’s world. And the designers have created a stunning world for them to perform in: an exotic restaurant, a blizzard, a train station and the famous Orient Express itself. It’s a feast!"

Mike Pederson stars as the world-famous detective Hercule Poirot, who embarks on a transcontinental voyage aboard the extravagant Orient Express. Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the train in its tracks, and a passenger is discovered murdered in his locked compartment. Poirot is called upon to solve the greatest case of his career, interviewing the unlikely assembly of eccentric suspects, among them a colonel, a princess, and a countess. As the plot thickens, the detective uncovers a complex web of secrets, taking the audience on a wildly glamorous crime-solving ride. Ludwig, celebrated for his fast-paced comedies and witty adaptations, infuses Christie’s chic and gripping murder mystery with a fresh perspective that will keep both seasoned fans and newcomers on the edge of their seats.

The exclusively local cast of audience favorites includes Ellie Martin as Princess Dragomiroff, Christa Schulz as Helen Hubbard, Sarah Blossom as Countess Andrenyi, Michael Kraklio as Monsieur Bouc, Rylee Kuberra as Mary Debenham, Eric Elefson as Colonel Arbuthnot, Shinedala Berg as MacQueen, Kendra Carlson as Greta Ohlsson, Antony Ferguson as Michel and Joe Meichsner as Samuel Ratchett.


College Men's Hockey

Miami at Bulldogs

College Women's Hockey

Wisconsin at Bulldogs

College Men's Basketball

Minnesota-Crookston at Bulldogs

High School Boys Hockey

St. Thomas Academy at Hermantown

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High School Girls Hockey

Chisago Lakes at Cloquet

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High School Boys Basketball

Superior at Duluth Denfeld

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High School Boys Hockey

Hibbing-Chisholm 3, Superior 2

Duluth East 7, Hopkins 0

Rock Ridge 2, Duluth Denfeld 1

High School Girls Hockey

Duluth Marshall 2, Moose Lake 1

High School Boys Basketball

Hermantown 96, Duluth Marshall 84. Hilltoppers junior Brooks Johnson tops 2,000-point career scoring mark.

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Duluth East 60, Bemidji 51

Duluth Marshall 77, Cloquet 73

Esko 82, Moose Lake-Willow River 29


After a thorough investigation into the hit-and-run incident that occurred on Thursday, January 25, Duluth Police Investigators arrested 88-year-old Duluth resident Ronald Myrdahl and lodged him at the St. Louis County Jail on pending charges of Criminal Vehicular Operation Hit and Run Gross Negligence, Hit and Run Failure to Stop for Injury Accident, and Criminal Vehicular Operation Great Bodily Harm Driver Leaves Scene. The victim, 24-year-old Duluth resident Raymond Skoglund, is being treated at a local hospital for significant injuries related to the incident. – Duluth Police press release