The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Mystery of Edwin Drood
Music , Books, and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens and was the first musical where the audience determined the ending. This hilarious and interactive mystery musical tries to solve the murder of the young and charming Edwin Drood. Was it a romantic rival? The purveyor of opium and vice? The newly-arrived twins from the east? The audience chooses the dastardly villain in this tuneful tale of intrigue. WINNER OF 5 TONY AWARDS!
Presenting Sponsors Dick & Rosemary Haverland,
Dick & Stephanie Solar, Gail Williams
WHO DUNNIT? MEET SOME OF THE CHARACTERS
BACKSTAGE TOUR: Million Dollar Quartet and The Mystery of Edwin Drood - See everything behind the red curtain!
January 19, Friday at 11am and 2pm
Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage and see the set designs and props up close. Meet some of the talented people that make it all happen. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour. The cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more donors). Call for future tour dates and reservations 772-231-6990.
Review: MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Riverside Theatre
– By PAM HARBAUGH of Brevard Culture
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
John Paul Almon* (Reverend Mr. Crisparkle) comes to Riverside directly from Radio City Music Hall where he has starred alongside the Rockettes in The Christmas Spectacular for 12 seasons. Broadway/1st Nationals: Side Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Tussaud), Candide (Lincoln Center), Parade (Peavy), Phantom of the Opera (Bouquet), My Fair Lady (Kaparthy/ Kennedy Center). Regional includes: World Premiere The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), Bullets Over Broadway (Ogunquit) Romeo and Bernadette (Carbonnell Award Winner, Coconut Grove/Paper Mill Playhouse) Camille Claudel (Goodspeed). Recent favorites: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman), Les Miserables (Javert), Man of La Mancha (Padre), Treasure Island (Squire Trelawney).
Anne Brummel* (Edwin Drood) is so excited to be joining the Riverside family. Broadway: Wicked (Elphaba standby). National Tours: Wicked (Elphaba), Evita (Eva), Cats (Grizabella). Regional: 9-5 (Judy,Sacramento Music Circus), Johnny Manhattan (Rosie, Meadowbrook ), Mamma Mia (Donna, Theatre Aspen), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel, Manitoba Theatre Center), Closer Than Ever (Woman 2, Mason Street). Endless love and thanks to my friends, family, and agents at CGF for putting up with me. This one is for the three loves of my life; Winston, Jasper, and Mr. W.
Rachael Ferrera* (Rosa Bud) is thrilled to be at Riverside Theatre! She originated the role of Yema in Amazing Grace and received a Planet Connections Outstanding Lead Actress award playing Jermay’ne in Keelay Gipson’s The Lost. Favorite roles include Ragtime (Sarah), West Side Story (Maria), Marie Christine (Lisette), and Boeing, Boeing (Gloria). Rachael has sung on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” BFA: NYU. Rachael is a passionate spoken word poet as well as a reiki practitioner and intuitive coach who guides her clients to discover and live in their truth, purpose, and power. Special thanks to CLA, Mom, and Jonté! www.rachaelferrera.com
Warren Kelley* (The Chairman) Riverside audiences have seen Warren in over a dozen shows…most recently in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. Warren works in film, television, and is a veteran of more than 200 productions in major regional theatres around the country: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Orlando Shakespeare, Walnut St., The Fulton, Goodspeed, and many more. His extremely diverse credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird [Atticus], Spamalot [King Arthur], The Merry Wives of Winsor [Ford], Sleuth [Andrew Wyke], Oliver! [Fagin], and Inherit the Wind [Brady]. His film and television work includes: “Blue Bloods,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and Birdman with Michael Keaton.
Brian Krinsky* (Neville Landless) so sad to be away from the below freezing windy snowy chill of New York to portray Victor Ginstead/Neville Landless/Bruce Springsteen.... ok I'm confused. who am I playing again?!? National Tours: Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Beauty and the Beast(Beast/Gaston not at the same time). Brian is a company member of the White Heron Theatre Company on Nantucket where he recently performed Constellations (Roland), It’s a Wonderful Life (George Bailey), The Underpants (Versati). Thanks to DJ, Allen, this amazing company of wonderful humans(and some not human), everyone at Riverside Theatre, Wolf Talent group, my family and of course my little side kick Tater Tot the dog. Instagram: Bkrinsk
Norman Large* (Durdles) has enjoyed an extremely varied career from principal artist with The New York City Opera to ten LA Ovation award nominations. From symphony engagements under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa to playing more different guest starring roles on “Star Trek” than anyone in all of the series combined. From voicing characters in numerous Disney animated features to being recorded live at Carnegie Hall. From numerous original Broadway casts including Les Miserables (Bishop, Javert, Thenardier) to playing scenes with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. From dancing as star of Cats to playing opposite Leslie Nielson in Repossessed to standing by for Michael Crawford in The Phantom Of The Opera. From recurring as a judge on “NYPD Blue” to touring Europe as Tony in West Side Story.
Sally Mayes* (Princess Puffer) The New York Times calls her “incandescent, deliciously saucy.” People Magazine describes her as “the kind of rich theatrical voice that elevates a show tune.” And Time Magazine says, “Sally Mayes renders songs as richly nuanced as one-act plays.” Sally made her Broadway debut in Cy Coleman’s Welcome To The Club. Her performance won critical praise along with a Theater World Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination as one of Broadway's Outstanding Newcomers. On Broadway, Sally is perhaps best known for her performance in the Roundabout Theater revival of She Loves Me, for which she won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Sally appeared as Aunt Corene in Urban Cowboy (Drama Desk nomination). She drew raves as Mae West in the National Tour of Dirty Blonde and also appeared in the Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias. Sally starred in several Off-Broadway productions including Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Das Barbecue, Pete N’ Keely (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical), Play It Cool, Good Ol’ Girls, and The Best Is Yet To Come. Film and television credits include: Alpha House, City Hall, Double Parked and “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “Sex And The City,” and “The Job.” Sally also appears on countless cast recordings and has five solo albums, The Dorothy Fields Songbook, Our Private World: The Comden And Green Songbook, The Story Hour, Boys And Girls Like You And Me, And Valentine.
Claire Neumann* (Helena Landless) Off-Broadway: Money Talks (Davenport Theatre), Baghdaddy* (St. Luke’s Theatre), Who’s Your Baghdaddy? (Actor’s Temple, NYTimes Critic’s Pick), Triassic ParQ ^ (SoHo Playhouse, TimeOut Critic’s Pick), House on Miranga Island (Players Theatre, Fringe Best Musical). Regional: Annie Get your Gun ^^, Floyd Collins ^^ (Weathervane Theatre); How to Succeed… (Stages St. Louis); Boston Marriage (Hudson Stage). Other NY: The Spidey Project ^ (PIT). TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Ellen Show,” Door on the Left (Winner, IFC Comedy Selects). ^Original Cast Recording. ^^Best Actress Nomination—NH Theatre Awards. Claire is a national bird-calling champion. www.ClaireNeumann.com
Sarah Primmer (Flo) is so excited to make her Riverside debut in The Mystery of Edwin Drood! National Tours: Cinderella, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz (Flat Rock Playhouse - World Premiere), The Light in the Piazza and Damn Yankees (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival). Love and gratitude to the Riverside Theatre, The Price Group, and my amazing teachers, family and friends for their support! www.SarahPrimmer.com
Peter Saide* (John Jasper) is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut! He joins the company directly from a critically acclaimed run as Sheriff Green in the Off-Broadway hit, Desperate Measures. Other favorites: Gaudio in Jersey Boys (Las Vegas) and the Prince in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (opposite Lea Salonga, international tour). Off-Broadway: Skin Tight (Tom, OYL Theatre Company); Death for Five Voices (Fabrizio, Prospect). Regional: Hair (Berger, Sacramento Music Circus); Mamma Mia! (Sam, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre); Death Takes A Holiday (Death/Sirki, Arvada Center); Beauty and the Beast (Gaston, Ogunquit Playhouse/Sacramento Music Circus/North Carolina Theatre); Sense and Sensibility (Willoughby, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre/Old Globe); Oklahoma! (Jud, Paramount Theatre); Carmen (Don Jose, Tectonic); 1776 (Rutledge, John W. Engeman Theatre); Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, Utah Shakespeare Festival); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Graydon, Tuacahn Amphitheatre). Peter trained in, and proudly hails from, Queensland, Australia. Love to Mum! @petersaide
Andrew Sellon* (Bazzard) is delighted to be back; last year he played Gaston in An Empty Plate…. Other area credits: Maltz Jupiter Theatre: Charlie in The Foreigner (Carbonell Nomination, Best Actor) and Clown in The 39 Steps; Asolo Rep: Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath, and Canon O’Byrne in Philadelphia, Here I Come! Selected NY/regional roles: the Fool in King Lear, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, all 35 roles in I Am My Own Wife, and Nikola Tesla in The Dangers of Electric Lighting. Film/TV: Begin Again, The Smurfs; “The Blacklist,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Divorce,” “The Good Fight,” and the recurring role of Mr. Penn in “Gotham” Season 4. Andrew tours with his original solo play, Through the Looking-Glass Darkly, about Lewis Carroll and Alice. MFA (Acting): UNC-Chapel Hill; BA cum laude (English): Harvard. For my husband Tim and our extended family. www.andrewsellon.com
Director & Choreographer: DJ Salisbury
Music Director: Anne Shuttlesworth
Scenic Designer: Richard Crowell
Costume/Wig Designer: Kurt Alger
Lighting Designer: Sarah Elliott
Sound Designer: Trevor Peters
Casting: Wojcik|Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Amy M. Bertacini*
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors
and Stage Managers in the United States