STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of Roundabout's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD!
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Broadway production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood begins previews tonight, Friday, October 19th at 8:00PM. The Mystery of Edwin Drood stars Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton, and Chita Rivera with Andy Karl, Jessie Mueller, Betsy Wolfe, Nicholas Barasch, Peter Benson, and Robert Creighton.
Check out the just-released commercial for the show below and meet the cast with videos of them from past productions!
The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens officially on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St.). This is a limited engagement through February 10th, 2013.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood will make its first-ever return to Broadway since winning the Tony "Triple Crown" (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score)! Who killed Edwin Drood? It's a question that has stumped audiences for years-now it's your turn to answer one of Broadway's most baffling mysteries. Take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens's unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood-and it's up to you to choose the killer! Is it John Jasper, Edwin's protective but slightly maniacal uncle? Rosa Bud, his reluctant betrothed? The debauched Princess Puffer? Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides!
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $42.00-137.00.
Stephanie J. Block (Miss Alice Nutting / Edwin Drood) has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She most recently starred as Reno Sweeney in Roundabout's Anything Goes. She starred in the premiere of Lynn Nottage's play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Drama Desk nom) at Second Stage. She is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked and for creating the roles of Judy Bernly in 9 To 5: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Stephanie also originated the starring role of Elphaba in the First National Touring Company of Wicked for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch), Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Cleveland Pops among many others. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed and continues to sell out throughout the US and in London.
Some of Block's off-Broadway and regional theatrical credits include They're Playing Our Song (starring opposite Jason Alexander), Funny Girl, Cats (St Louis's Kevin Kline Award Nominee-Best Actress), Crazy For You (L.A. Ovation Award Nominee), Oliver (Critics Award-Best Actress), James Joyce's The Dead, Triumph Of Love, The Grass Harp, South Pacific, Will Rogers Follies and the World Premiere of Wicked. Stephanie's solo album, This Place I Know has been received with great praise, lauded by critics as "One of the best debut recordings to come out of the Broadway community in quite some time... 6 out of 5 stars". An array of award-winning songwriters assembled to help interpret their music on Stephanie's album. Composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch and the legendary Dolly Parton join forces with Ms. Block to create a thrilling musical experience. Stephanie's voice can be heard on multiple cast recordings, including The Boy From Oz, The Pirate Queen, Wicked's 5th Anniversary Album and 9 To 5: The Musical (Grammy Nomination). For more about Block, visit www.stephaniejblock.com.
Will Chase (Mr. Clive Paget / John Jasper). Will was most recently seen as Michael Swift on the hit NBC show "Smash". Other television appearances include "Rescue Me", "Pan Am", "Unforgettable", "White Collar", "Royal Pains", "Blue Bloods", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", "Cupid", "Conviction", "Third Watch", "One Life To Live", "Guiding Light", "All My Children" and "As The World Turns". Best known for his work on stage, he has appeared on Broadway in Rent, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Aida, Lennon, High Fidelity, The Story Of My Life, and Billy Elliot. He was also seen at New York City Center Encores! in Bells Are Ringing and most recently, Pipe Dream. Film credits include the upcoming Butterflies of Bill Baker, Four Single Fathers, Shaft, and Rent: Filmed Live On Broadway. Recordings include the original Broadway Cast recordings of High Fidelity and The Story Of My Life, A Little Princess: Studio Cast Recording, Love On A Summer Afternoon: Songs of Sam Davis, This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs of Georgia Stitt, and Thirteen Stories Down: Songs of Jonathan Reid Gealt. Mr. Chase trained at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied conducting with Atlanta Symphony's Robert Spano and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in percussion. Will has two daughters, Daisy and Gracie, and resides in New York City.
Gregg Edelman (Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe / Reverend Mr. Crisparkle). The Mystery of Edwin Drood marks the 15th Broadway production of Gregg Edelman's career. Since his first Broadway appearance in the original Broadway production of Harold Prince's Evita, Gregg has gone on to star in such productions as City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods, Anything Goes, Falsettos, Wonderful Town, and Cabaret. He has earned four Tony Award nominations for his performances, as well as numerous other honors including the Drama Desk Award. Recent credits include the record breaking world premiere production of A.R. Gurney's Black Tie at Primary Stages, Sweeney in the critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago, and the award-winning George Street Theatre production of 12 Angry Men in which he portrayed Juror #8, a role made famous by Henry Fonda. Film credits include Little Children, Spiderman 2, Crimes and Misdemeanors, City by the Sea, Green Card, Hollywood Ending and the just-released Liberal Arts. He was a regular on the CBS series, "Hack"; has guest-starred on numerous television series such as "30 Rock," "The Good Wife," "Law and Order," "Law and Order SVU," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"; and no list of Gregg's television work would be complete without mentioning the time he spent as the voice of the peanut M&M. His concert and recording work have given him the opportunity to travel all over the world, appearing with such orchestras as the Boston Pops, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, as well as the Philadelphia and Chicago Pops. His many appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops have allowed him to help honor such friends as John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Charles Strouse. He has also grown to love performing solo concerts in such intimate rooms as Feinstein's. These smaller venues, a much different experience than performing in a Broadway theater, give him a chance to perform great music in a subtler and more personal way. His 17 recordings of Broadway shows include the cast albums of City of Angels, Wonderful Town, 1776, and Into the Woods and studio recordings of On the Town, Cabaret, Anything Goes and Sweet Charity.