NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance will present the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood on February 2–6, 2017. The show features book, lyrics, and music by Rupert Holmes. Dallett Norris directs.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on a novel by Charles Dickens, left unfinished at his death. The story of thwarted romance, a sinister opium den, a stormy Christmas Eve walk to the river, and the title character’s untimely and mysterious disappearance is told as a play-within-a-play by a madcap Victorian musical troupe. Holmes’s ingenious solution to filling in the story’s missing ending is to solve the mystery through an audience vote determining which of the multiple possible endings they will see performed. The musical enjoyed an initial Broadway run that exceeded 600 performances and earned five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score.
NYU’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood runs February 2–4 at 8 p.m., February 5 at 3 p.m., and February 6 at 8 p.m. at the Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 West 4th Street). Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, contact NYU Box Office at tickets.nyu.edu, call the box office at 212.998.4941, or visit in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).
The Mystery of Edwin Drood features music direction by Ana Flavia Zuim, associate direction and choreography by MK Lawson, scenic design by Brittany Vasta, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor, sound design by Benjamin Furiga, and props by Sven Nelson. The production stage manager is Liz Haroian. The cast features NYU Steinhardt students Raphael Anastasiadis, Stephanie Bacastow, Andrea Bush, Tony Carrubba, Jack Flatley, Fabian-Joubert Gallmeister, Alex Guhde, Stephen Heller, Matthew Hougland, Emily Janes, Ashleigh Junio, Naree Ketudat, Stevie LeWarne, Taggart Price, Gianna Rini, James Rose, Matt Ross, Chad Schultze, Allie Short, Chelsea Smith, Olivia Threlkeld, Joseph Valle-Hoag, and Parker Wallis.