Goodspeed Musicals Tries to Solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood Beginning April 5 | Playbill

Regional News Goodspeed Musicals Tries to Solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood Beginning April 5

Mamie Parris stars in the title role with Rob Ruggerio at the helm of the Tony-winning Rupert Holmes musical whodunit.

Mamie Parris

Goodspeed Musicals begins its production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood April 5. Performances will continue at the East Haddam, Connecticut, theatre through June 2 with Rob Ruggiero at the helm and James Gray choreographing.

Adapted from an unfinished Charles Dickens novel, the musical is written by Rupert Holmes. In absence of an ending, The Mystery of Edwin Drood invites audiences to vote on the guilty party, with the cast ready to perform any of the various outcomes the vote might throw their way. The 1985 original Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won five, including Best Musical.

Goodspeed's production is being led by Mamie Parris (Cats) as Edwin Drood and Alice Nutting, along with Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway) as Chairman and William Cartwright, Liz McCartney (Funny Girl) as Princess Puffer and Angela Prysock, Paul Adam Schaefer (The Phantom of the Opera) as Jasper and Clive Paget, Levin Valayil as Neville Landless and Victor Nutting, Riley Noland as Rosa Bud and Deidre Peregrine, Jetta Juriansz as Helena Landless and Janet Conover, Paul Slade Smith (Finding Neverland) as Crisparkle and Cedric Moncrieff, David Beach (Something Rotten!) as Durdles and Master Nick Cricker, Marcus Montgomery as Deputy and Mister Nick Cricker, and Jamie LeVerdiere (The Producers) as Bazzard and Phillip Bax.

The ensemble comprises Jon Cooper, Benjamin Howes, Albert Jennings, Miyuki Miyagi, Jacqueline Petroccia, Jesse Swimm, and Natalie Welch, with swings Megan Arseneau and Noah Ruebeck rounding out the company.

The production features musical direction by Adam Souza, scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer, costume design by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting design by Rob Denton, sound design by Jay Hilton, hair and wig design by Tommy Kurzman, and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke.

The production stage manager is Chris Zaccardi, and casting is by Paul Hardt.


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