Studio 54, (11/13/2012 - 3/10/2013)

First Preview: Oct 19, 2012
Opening Date: Nov 13, 2012
Closing Date: Mar 10, 2013
Total Previews: 28
Total Performances: 136

Category: Musical, Revival, Broadway
Setting: London's Music Hall Royale, 1895

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

Book by Rupert Holmes; Music by Rupert Holmes; Lyrics by Rupert Holmes; Suggested by the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens; Music orchestrated by Rupert Holmes; Dance arrangements by Sam Davis; Musical Director: Paul Gemignani

Directed by Scott Ellis; Choreographed by Warren Carlyle; Associate Director: Dave Solomon; Associate Choreographer: Angie Canuel

Scenic Design by Anna Louizos; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Brian Nason; Sound Design by Tony Meola; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Moving Light Programmer: Alex Fogel; Associate Scenic Design: Jeremy W. Foil; Associate Costume Design: Tom Beall; Associate Hair and Wig Design: Giovanna Calabretta

Executive Producer: Sydney Beers; Company Manager: James Lawson; Associate Gen. Mgr: Maggie Cantrick; Roundabout Associate Managing Director: Greg Backstrom

Technical Supervisor: Steve Beers; Production Stage Manager: Lori M. Doyle; Stage Manager: Scott Taylor Rollison

Conducted by Paul Gemignani; Associate Conductor: Mark Mitchell; Strings: Sylvia D'Avanzo, Louise Owen, Mary Whitaker and Roger Shell; Woodwinds: Eric Weidman, Julie Ferrara and Don McGeen; Brass: Dominic Derasse, Michael Atkinson, Bruce Eidem and Dean Plank; Rhythm Section: Mark Mitchell, Tony Geralis, John Beal and Paul Pizzuti; Music Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Preparation/Emily Grishman, Katharine Edmonds and Katharine Edmonds

Roundabout Adams Associate Artistic Director: Scott Ellis; Dialect Coach: Kate Wilson; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Dance Captain: Justin Greer; Fight Captain: Kyle Coffman; Casting: Jim Carnahan, C.S.A., Carrie Gardner, C.S.A. and Stephen Kopel C.S.A.; Roundabout Director of Marketing & Audience Development: Tom O'Connor; Roundabout Director of Development: Lynne Gugenheim Gregory; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Interactive Marketing: Situation Interactive; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Stephanie J. BlockEdwin Drood / Miss Alice Nutting
Will ChaseJohn Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget
Gregg EdelmanThe Reverend Mr. Crisparkle / Mr. Cedric Moncrieff
Jim NortonChairman / Mr. William Cartwright
Chita RiveraThe Princess Puffer / Miss Angela Prysock
Nicholas BaraschDeputy / Master Nick Cricker
Peter BensonBazzard / Mr. Phillip Bax
Alison CimmetBeatrice / Miss Violet Balfour
Kyle CoffmanMr. Christopher Lyon
Nick CorleyStage Manager and Barkeep / Mr. James Throttle
Robert CreightonDurdles / Mr. Nick Cricker
Janine DiVitaWendy / Miss Isabel Yearsley
Andy KarlNeville Landless / Mr. Victor Grinstead
(Oct 19, 2012 - Feb 10, 2013)
Shannon LewisMiss Florence Gill
Jessie MuellerHelena Landless / Miss Janet Conover
Spencer PlachyMr. Harry Sayle
Kiira SchmidtMiss Gwendolen Pynn
Eric SciottoMr. Alan Eliot
Jim WaltonMr. Montague Pruitt
Betsy WolfeRosa Bud / Miss Deirdre Peregrine
(Oct 19, 2012 - Feb 10, 2013)

Swings: Jenifer Foote and Justin Greer

Understudies: Alison Cimmet (Helena Landless / Miss Janet Conover, The Princess Puffer / Miss Angela Prysock), Kyle Coffman (Deputy / Master Nick Cricker), Nick Corley (Bazzard / Mr. Phillip Bax, Durdles / Mr. Nick Cricker, The Reverend Mr. Crisparkle / Mr. Cedric Moncrieff), Janine DiVita (Edwin Drood / Miss Alice Nutting, Rosa Bud / Miss Deirdre Peregrine), Spencer Plachy (John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget, Neville Landless / Mr. Victor Grinstead), Eric Sciotto (John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget, Neville Landless / Mr. Victor Grinstead) and Jim Walton (Chairman / Mr. William Cartwright, The Reverend Mr. Crisparkle / Mr. Cedric Moncrieff)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2013 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

 2013 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephanie J. Block

 2013 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Will Chase

 2013 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Scott Ellis

 2013 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Anna Louizos

Drama Desk Award

 2013 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes: Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert: Managing Director; Julia C. Levy: Executive Director; Gene Feist: Founding Director)

 2013 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jim Norton

 2013 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Stephanie J. Block

 2013 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Andy Karl

 2013 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Jessie Mueller

winner 2013 Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical [winner] 

Sound Design by Tony Meola

 2013 Outstanding Set Design [nominee] 

Anna Louizos


music by Rupert Holmes; lyrics by Rupert Holmes

There You AreChairman and Company
A Man Could Go Quite MadJasper
Two KinsmenDrood and Jasper
Moonfall QuartetHelena, Rosa, Wendy and Beatrice
The Wages of SinPuffer and Company
Jasper's Vision/Smoke Ballet
Ceylon/A British SubjectHelena, Neville, Drood, Rosa, Crisparkle and Company
Both Sides of the CoinJasper, Chairman and Company
Perfect StrangersDrood and Rosa
No Good Can Come From BadNeville, Rosa, Helena, Drood, Crisparkle, Jasper, Waiters and Ensemble
Never The LuckBazzard and Company
Off to the RacesChairman, Durdles, Deputy and Company
An English Music HallChairman and Company
Settling Up the ScoreDatchery, Puffer and Company
The Name of Love/Moonfall (Reprise) Rosa, Jasper and Company
Don't Quit While You're AheadPuffer and Company
The SolutionCompany


AP: "Broadway revival of silly 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' gets huge boost from veterans"

Hopefully, everyone managed to vote last week. It’s one of our civic duties. But did you know there’s some voting that needs to happen on Broadway, too? That might be called your theatrical duty.

Three times toward the end of the inventive revival of the immensely silly “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the audience is called on to weigh in on resolutions to the story, either by a show of hands or clapping. Even the master of ceremonies admits it’s a “dangerously democratic move.”

We in the seats decide who we think is a mysterious detective’s real identity, who the murderer is at the heart of the play, and which couple from among the cast should fall in love. A blatant pandering to our interactive mindsets? Not at all. This was dreamed up in the mid-1980s.

Rupert Holmes, inspired by the unfinished novel of the same name by Charles Dickens, has supplied the story, songs and lyrics to this bawdy, overstuffed, hammy and self-conscious show, whose revival by the Roundabout Theatre Company opened Tuesday at its Studio 54 theater.

Perhaps the best part is watching the first-rate cast have so much fun — Stephanie J. Block shows real comedic power, Jim Norton is having a ball, Chita Rivera is giggly, Gregg Edelman is just silly and Will Chase is over-acting perfectly. So are Jessie Mueller and Andy Karl. This is a play where overacting can be done to perfection.

In one preview, genuine unscripted silliness followed the votes, matching the freewheeling nature of the show. Scott Ellis’ direction is tight — there’s almost 20 songs, more than 20 actors and multiple identities being juggled — and yet he’s allowed pockets of genuine mirth to open for the veterans on stage to goof around.

Holmes takes advantage of Dickens’ unresolved mystery to craft a show-within-a-show. It’s set in a London music hall in 1895 and a theatrical troupe is performing the mystery as the troupe’s chairman unspools the plot while introducing various actors and adding personal commentary.

The jokes are hoary, the songs are ditties (”Off to the Races” is the best known) and the mystery not so mysterious — “You might like to add that line to your list of suspicious statements!” says one character to the audience — but the fun is infectious, even if it seems that the folks on stage might be having more of it than the paying guests.

No matter: There’s the legendary Rivera (as the nefarious Princess Puffer) singing “The Wages of Sin,” there’s Chase (of “Smash” fame) chewing scenery and doing so marvelously, and there’s Block (cross-dressing as the title character) who sings and jokes superbly. Norton, as the chairman, is loony and adorable.

Other highlights include an opium dream beautifully realized by choreographer Warren Carlyle and Anna Louizos’ sets that includes a terrific steam-puffing train. William Ivey Long seems to have had as much fun making the lush costumes, especially the Indian-inspired ones worn by Mueller and Karl.

Although “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” won Tony Awards for best musical, best book and best score in 1985, this is the first time it has returned to Broadway. The reason may be simple: In the wrong hands, it can sit awkwardly in a Broadway house — too zany, too arch. But these are the right hands: There are veterans at every turn. So no matter who gets the most votes, everyone wins.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Studio 54

(11/13/2012 - 3/10/2013)


Erin Davie
Rosa Bud / Miss Deirdre Peregrine (Feb 12, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013)
Banana Joe
Miss Alice Nutting's dog (Feb 13, 2013 - Feb 13, 2013)
Andrew Samonsky
Neville Landless / Mr. Victor Grinstead (Feb 12, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013)

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