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The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Excitement Level?

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Broadway Bob*
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I am seeing DROOD at the end of this month on my day trip to the city (along with NEWSIES). I haven't heard a whole lot of talk on the boards about the show (realizing of course it hasn't started performances yet). I also notice that ticket sales look kind of slim on the Roundabout site. Is the excitement level for this show kind of low? Or are people waiting to hear reports from early previews? I ask because I am uber-excited to see what my best friend is referring to as our "Choose Your Own Adventure" musical AND to see that amazing cast - especially as this will be my first time getting to see the legendary Chita Rivera live! Anyone else excited for this show?
2014 Show Schedule: 3/08 @ 8:00 pm ~ THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Columbus, OH); 4/11 @ 8:00 pm ~ BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (Broadway), 4/12 @ 2:00 pm ~ ROCKY (Broadway), 4/12 @ 8:00 pm ~ THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Broadway), 4/13 @ 2:00 pm ~ CASA VALENTINA (Broadway), 4/13 @ 7:00 pm ~ SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN (Off-Broadway); 4/14 @ 8:00 pm ~ HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Broadway); 6/06 @ 8:00 pm ~ PIPPIN (Broadway); 6/07 @ 2:00 pm ~ A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Broadway); 6/07 @ 8:00 pm ~ IF/THEN (Broadway); 6/08 @ 3:00 pm ~ HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH; 6/08 @ 7:30 pm ~ HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (Off-Broadway)...(MORE to come, I hope)
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little_sally
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I am really, really excited for this show. I adore the score so much.
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ClydeBarrow
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Will Chase is in it so my excitement level is through the roof. I'm seeing it next Sat.
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macnyc
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I'm excited! I got $10 tickets for next Sunday, and my daughter bought Hiptix too!
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once a month
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joined:4/16/04
Looking forward to seeing it but can't say I'm excited. I saw the original and liked it, but it was never one of my favorite "life-changing' shows.

I miss George Rose!
Bialyhoos22
Stand-by
joined:12/21/05
I couldn't be more excited for this revival. Although it's far from a perfect show, it's always been one of my favorite scores and original casts. I too miss the brilliance of George Rose -- I have a good feeling about Jim Norton in the part, and only hope he really lets loose and doesn't shy away from being larger-than-life in the role.

Based on everything we've seen thus far (the cast, the costume and set renderings) and the fact that Rupert apparently has been very hands on throughout the rehearsal process, tinkering with many of the elements, I think this could be the surprise hit of the fall. I don't want to jinx anything but it just feels like all the elements are gelling for this one. Of course, the execution will remain to be seen but I have high hopes.

As George Rose once said of it, DROOD is so essentially of the theatre - so organically theatrical - that anyone who has ever stepped onto a stage (or helped put on a show either) can immediately relate to the pure joy that transmits across the footlights. I think it will always be a show that's far more fun for the actors to perform than the audience to sit thru, but as the brilliant OBC proved, it can be pretty damn wonderful evening in the theatre.
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tazber
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joined:5/10/05
LOVE IT!!!!

It's the show I'm most excited for this year.

....but the world goes 'round
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egghumor
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We all know the pairing of the Roundabout with musicals can yield troubling results. That being said, I have very high hopes for this production, due to the fact that it's a terrific show to begin with and they've assembled a stellar cast. Wish I was in NYC to see it!
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EponineAmneris
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I love this show and am VERY excited to see it in December
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doodlenyc
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joined:11/5/04
We just got tickets and I'm very excited!
The last time I saw it, I had to sit through Loretta Swit as Puffer.
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Broadway Bob*
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I'm intrigued in comparing the usual Studio 54 seating chart with the ticket purchasing seating chart. I'm assuming that the first row (labeled AX [which I've never seen there the times I've been in Studio 54] on the regualr chart and not on the purchasing chart) is gone for orchestra purposes? But there are seats missing in row A as well. (My friend and I are sitting row A seats 106 & 107 which would normally be in the middle of the row but here seem to be special aisle seats.) I would assume this has something to do with the set design?!? I'm thinking ramps, or maybe stair cases into the audience for the voting? I'm excited to find out. I am going on the 27th so if anyone goes before that PLEASE report back and tell us all about it.

I actually know very little about the show, other than the concept. I've read the wikipedia page to get a plot synopsis and show history and I've listened the the OBCR a couple times. I've been tempted to order one of the old Fireside Book Club publishings of the script I've found for sale on Amazon but they're a little pricey. I'm just excited to experience this gem I've heard about over the years but never had the chance to see.

Oh, and I'm also keeping my fingers crossed we get a cast recording with these amazing people! (Now if only we could get Roundabout to do a souvenir program!!!)
2014 Show Schedule: 3/08 @ 8:00 pm ~ THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Columbus, OH); 4/11 @ 8:00 pm ~ BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (Broadway), 4/12 @ 2:00 pm ~ ROCKY (Broadway), 4/12 @ 8:00 pm ~ THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Broadway), 4/13 @ 2:00 pm ~ CASA VALENTINA (Broadway), 4/13 @ 7:00 pm ~ SEX TIPS FOR STRAIGHT WOMEN FROM A GAY MAN (Off-Broadway); 4/14 @ 8:00 pm ~ HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Broadway); 6/06 @ 8:00 pm ~ PIPPIN (Broadway); 6/07 @ 2:00 pm ~ A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Broadway); 6/07 @ 8:00 pm ~ IF/THEN (Broadway); 6/08 @ 3:00 pm ~ HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH; 6/08 @ 7:30 pm ~ HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (Off-Broadway)...(MORE to come, I hope)
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GilmoreGirlO2
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I was actually wondering about how well this was selling...

I am flying to NYC in December and, maybe because I was looking at weekend dates, but I wasn't able to find the best seats. This was about 3 weeks ago and almost all of the orchestra was filled, except for some seats on the side, toward the back. I was thinking I would be able to get better seats than this, seeing as it's a lesser-known show and I was getting tickets in advance. I have gotten tickets only a week or 2 before other shows that were bigger "blockbusters" and gotten much better tickets than what "Drood" had to offer. It made me think that advance ticket sales for this must be going well?

Or, is there chance, that the audience for this show are people who will buy their tickets in advance, but there won't be many last minute ticket sales?
Updated On: 10/11/12 at 04:23 PM
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dreaming
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GilmoreGirl-This is a subscriber based theater company, so there is a good chance some of those seats are being held back and will be released at a later date. You can always check back and see.
beaemma
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joined:11/24/09
I saw and loved the original production four times and still listen to the cast album. I'm excited enough about the revival to have booked a trip I can't afford around it.
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uncageg
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I see it the week after next and am quite excited.
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Playbilly
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Missed the original. Excited about this. And CHITA!
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jbm2
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joined:3/26/11
are there discount ticket available? How are you getting $10 tickets? Any chance this could show up on TDF? Do Roundabout shows ever show up on TDF?
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macnyc
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The $10 tickets are sold out. Roundabout shows do come on to TDF. Anything Goes was on there pretty consistently toward the end of the run.
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LimelightMike
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RE: Tickets

Roundabout, though a subscription based organization, is relying heavily (as well they should) on the fact that ... this is the FIRST Broadway Revival of the whodunnit in a quarter of a century. The original production ran a year and a half on Broadway at the Imperial; Nominated for 11 TONY Awards, winning 5. It was, in fact, a huge 'blockbuster' show, and so too, with this revival. I have nothing but anticipation for it. Personally.

Roundabout subscribers have had first access to tickets for the 2012-13 season, with single tickets for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, to the general public, having gone on-sale July 9.
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Leadingplayer
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Drood is always a little disappointing....it has it's moments and the voting stuff is fun BUT it just never quite totally works.
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Mildred Plotka
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There's a discount code on Playbill and Broadway Box. Can also get HipTix for $20 if you're under 35.

I'm mixed in my excitement for this. I adore the show itself and Chita, of course. But Block and Chase (I know I'm in the minority) are two of my least favorite performers. The rest of the casting seems spot on.
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MCfan2
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joined:4/29/06
My tickets came today! It'll be my first time seeing it; I'm going near the end of this month. Can't wait!
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goldenboy
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I have no excitement for this revival.
Edwin Drood is a pretentious piece of musical theatre that is too clever for its own good. "Oh my God.. the audience picks the killer." BFD. It has no heart nor do I care about any of the two dimensional characters.

That being said, I would pay to see Chita Rivera sing or dance the phone book so I may have to beg borrow or steal a ticket at a cheap price. Anyone want to invite me?
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showchoirguy
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Just ordered my ticket today and am absolutely ecstatic!
jbm2
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Where did you get your tickets? Are there good discounts out there?
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showchoirguy
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Hiptix. I just turned 18 so I seized the opportunity.