When Something’s Afoot opened on Broadway in 1976, critic Walter Kerr pronounced the musical mystery fundamentally flawed. Because music relaxes, he said, it’s incompatible with suspense.
Obviously Kerr wasn’t a fan of Hitchcock. But his question remains: Can a suspense murder mystery sustain itself as a musical?
Does Something’s Afoot give us memorable music? No.
Does it hold great suspense? No.