Then there’s Ross Neuenfeldt as Lt. Frank Cioffi, the slightly off-kilter detective cum amateur actor sent to solve the murder case. At first Neuenfeldt appears way too soft-spoken and self-effacing to hold his own on a stage as full of theatrical hot air as this one. But he seems to effortlessly switch into a take-charge guy who is soon “suggesting” to the pretentious director how to fix a scene or change blocking to improve his musical. Next he coerces the songwriting duo into writing more songs and singlehandedly pulls off a hilarious, over-the-top production number to save the show. Neuenfeldt’s performance is so nuanced that it’s easy to overlook how good he is. (David Hyde Pierce played this role on Broadway and won a Tony Award for it.)