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Mad Cow Theatre presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood, based on Charles Dickens' unfinished novel and winner of five Tony Awards. With music, lyrics and script by the award-winning composer Rupert Holmes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is set in a grand Victorian music hall. This hilarious 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? Each night, the audience chooses the villain in this tuneful tale of intrigue.

The New York Times called the original "boisterous and delectable ... (A) shimmering musical pleasure to savor." From The Wall Street Journal: "A hit! Sheer fun!"

The show plays from Friday, November 30, 2018 through Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a fun-filled musical party, with all the twists and turns of a good mystery" says Mitzi Maxwell, Mad Cow Theatre's executive director. "Bring your friends and family to this rambunctious vaudevillian musical, roaring into the heart of Orlando in the nick of time for your holiday celebrations."

Philip Nolen* (The History Boys, My Fair Lady, Amadeus) plays the Chairman, Steven Lane* (The Little Foxes, The Big Meal, The Secret Garden) appears as John Jasper, and Hannah Laird* (1776, Sunday in the Park with George) is Edwin Drood. Meghan Moroney* (The Dead, Sunday in the Park with George, The Matchmaker) is the Princess Puffer, and Jennafer Newberry* (1776, The Light in the Piazza) plays the role of Rosa Bud.

David Lowe (Fun Home, Tommy) appears as Reverend Mr. Crisparkle, Gabriella Saramago as Helena Landless, and Cole Nesmith (The Dead, The Secret Garden) as her brother Neville Landless. Joining them will be Skylar Keck as Durdles, Dana Searing as Flo and Bryan Jager as Bazzard.

The creative team includes director Mark Edward Smith (Fun Home, Silent Sky, Big River), musical director Robby Stamper (Fun Home), lighting designer Amy Hadley (Buyer & Cellar, Bad Jews, Silent Sky), set designer Eric Craft (A View from the Bridge, The Brothers Size), stage manager Matt Horohoe (The Big Meal), and assistant stage manager Katie Rinaldi (The Royal Family, Fun Home). Matthew Carl joins this team of Mad Cow veterans as costume designer.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association
Previous work with Mad Cow in parentheses

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood runs November 30 to December 23 in the Harriett Theatre at Mad Cow Theatre 54 W. Church Street (second floor) in downtown Orlando. (Click here for directions). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, with additional performances Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m., Monday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Monday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Opening Night is November 30 at 7:30 p.m. The opening-night performance will be followed by Mad Cow's traditional champagne reception in the lobby.
  • Preview Performances are November 29 and 28.
  • Discounted Monday Night Performances will take place December 10 and December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Saturday Matinee will take place December 8.
  • Holiday Sweater Contest Join us on Friday November 30, December 7, 14 & 21 for a holiday sweater contest. Come in your favorite holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize from some of our downtown partners and local restaurants!
  • Talkbacks take place after each Thursday and Sunday performance. Talkbacks are free to audience members, and the public may attend at no extra cost.
  • Tickets are $30-42. Preview tickets are $15. Tickets are available at or by calling patron services at Mad Cow Theatre at 407-297-8788 ext. 1.
  • All Tickets are subject to a $3 facility fee. Students receive a $10 discount with ID. Military receive a $10 discount with ID. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Student groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 50% discount on full-price tickets.
  • Parking Information is available here.
  • Our Theatre is on the Second Floor at 54 W. Church St., Orlando, FL, 32801
  • Our Mailing Address is P.O. Box 3109, Orlando, FL, 32802

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