A big musical at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia is always cause for celebration, and I’m particularly looking forward to “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which opens Friday. I saw the original Broadway production many years ago and have always loved the music and plot, which cleverly retells Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Because Dickens died before solving the mystery for his readers, audiences at the musical get a chance at the end to vote for from among “five candidates for the undercover detective, seven candidates for the murderer, and a varying number of candidates who can be chosen as lovers,” Chris Mangels of COS tells me. He describes the production:
We always aim high when it comes to our production design, and this show is no different. The challenge of creating the world of an 1880 English Music Hall has been tackled by our four designers with an eye to honor the costumes and set pieces that a Victorian theatre company would utilize while maintaining some of the modern sensibilities that contemporary audiences have come to expect. We have created a brand new proscenium onstage to mimic the architectural styles that were popular in 1880′s London, and we utilize some very old-style drops and set pieces that hopefully feel like they have come out of storage in the Music Hall Royale. The dozens of costumes and wigs are also very period-specific and the actors are learning to perform the raucous musical numbers in the show while buried under corsets and layers of clothing. It has been a really wonderful challenge for all of us to tackle.
To kick off the play’s run, which goes for seven performances through March 23, I’m giving away two tickets to opening night (7:30 p.m. Friday).
To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling us if you think “Murder, She Wrote” will ever be turned into a Broadway musical.
Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Thursday evening, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. You’ll be able to pick these tickets up at the box office. Rules are on the jump.
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