NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance today announced it 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.

Poster for The Mystery of Edwin Drood: A Musical by Rupert Holmes

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.

About NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructes over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).

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