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The Case of the Maltball Falcon

Now available for pre-order!

Samantha Spade, Ace Detective
The Case of the Maltball Falcon

The first book in the Samantha Spade Mystery series is coming soon!

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Samantha at Feinstein’s/54 Below

Samantha Spade, Ace Detective is getting a very special concert performance on April 25 at Feinstein’s/54 Below– just downstairs from Broadway! Tony nominees Marc Kudisch (Finding Neverland, Hand to God – or you may have seen him on TV in Billions) and Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along) head up a cast featuring Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County, The Prom), Samantha Spade regular Mary Claire Miskell, and Samantha Spade demo singers Bettina Bresnan, Tony Clements, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Alex Getlin, Billy Goldstein, Kendyl Ito, Kelsey Lake and Toren Nakamura. The band features composer Georgia Stitt music directing from the piano, along with Elana Arian, Michael Croiter and Randy Landau.

We’ll be posting photos and video as we go into rehearsal this week for this exciting show! Meanwhile, get your tickets here:

Red Riding Hood is “The Red Herring”

Lilla Crawford likes red!

She was “cool and daring” singing “The Red Herring” from Samantha Spade, Ace Detective Sunday night at the Cutting-Edge Composers show at 54 Below, in her very own red feather boa!

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Composer Georgia Stitt was there! (Lyricist Lisa Diana Shapiro had to sit in Los Angeles waiting for the social media to post!)

georgia and lilla

Stay tuned – video to come!

Full photo coverage of Cutting-Edge Composers at

Samantha at 54 Below

We are very excited to announce that Lilla Crawford (Little Red Riding Hood in the new movie version of Into the Woods and Broadway’s most recent Annie) will be singing “The Red Herring” from Samantha Spade, Ace Detective at 54 Below! Cutting Edge Composers features Broadway singers performing songs by the hottest new musical theatre writers, including our very own Georgia Stitt and Lisa Diana Shapiro. Catch the show at 54 Below on January 25, and check out the news on and

Lilla Crawford, Lilli Cooper, Tamika Lawrence & More Join Lineup for CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS at 54 Below

Samantha is a hit!

The critics are cheering the world premiere production of Samantha Spade, Ace Detective: The Case of the Maltball Falcon at TADA! Youth Theater.

The New York Times raves about this “colorful adventure about a black-and-white world!” Read the full review here!

Shamus, That's the Stuff That Wedgies are Made Of

The Huffington Post writes, “Bring the kids, pack some Twizzlers and Brush up your Bogey for a new musical that celebrates Skittles, lampoons tween-teen angst and serves up a crash course in film noir trivia. Boosted by Tada’s! immensely talented kids, writer Lisa Diana Shapiro and composer Georgia Stitt have crafted an engaging, fast-paced show that will appeal to all ages.”

Read the full review here!

“Brush up your Bogey,” sez Huffington Post

The Huffington Post calls Samantha “a near-perfect balance between kid-friendly action and high-end satire.” Check out the full review:

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Josh Getlin says Samantha Spade, Ace Detective is an “engaging, fast paced show” with a “first-rate score.” Thanks, Josh, we think you’re just jake!

Samantha in Playbill and on Broadway World announces Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, and you can read all about the new production of Samantha Spade, Ace Detective: The Case of the Maltball Falcon on

Meanwhile, Broadwayworld Jr. will introduce you to the little girl who “imagines a black & white world where she gets to crack wise, wear a swell fedora, find the clues and track down the bad guys, using nothing more than her own powers of observation and imagination — plus song and dance.”

Authors on the Air

Hear Lisa Diana Shapiro, Georgia Stitt and Mary Claire Miskell interviewed by Pam Stack on Authors on the Air. Our interview starts halfway through the show at 59:40.

Noir Nation

Back in May, we kicked off the Samantha Spade project with a Kickstarter to raise the funds to make our short film of Slingin’ the Slang. We appealed to the vast network of noir supporters and enthusiasts on the internet, and several of them were kind enough to give us their support.

Eddie Vega of Noir Nation wrote, “The stories we publish in the Noir Nation journal range from cozy milk & cookies mysteries to hard-boiled interpretive stories where brutality is embedded in the language. Yet there is something in this project that appealed to us.”

Check out the whole post here.

The Weekly Rumble

Special thanks
to our Kickstarter backers!

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