Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A hilarious musical whodunit! The audience chooses the murderer in this rolicking adaptation of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel.
This licensed orchestration is based on the 2012 Broadway Revival Production. Our programming only matches the smaller 15pc Revival version and not the larger 21 pc Broadway orchestration.
This version is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and has 2 keyboard books both with programming.
Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book. It will require an advanced pianist to play although it is mostly typical musical theater fare for the piano. In addition to various acoustic pianos, some of the other sounds in the programming are strings, string pads, harp, cello, xylophone, pipe organ, fender rhodes, brass, harpischord to name a few. A few of the more interesting patches are Ceylon, Nuages, Moonfall, String Cushion, and Dreamhorn.
Keyboard 2 has more orchestral padding to augment the live instrumentalists. Some of the sounds found in this book are brass, strings, penny whistle, harp, woodwinds, mallet percussion, and accordion among others. Interesting patches in this book include Piston, Warm Board, Bengal Bay, Vindaloo, and Rosin Bag which were actually just code names for regular instruments.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: Rupert Holmes;
Music & Lyrics by: Rupert Holmes
Suggested by the unfinished novel by: Charles Dickens
Music orchestrated by: Rupert Holmes
Dance arrangements by: Sam Davis
Musical Director: Paul Gemignani
2012 Broadway Revival Orchestra
Conducted by: Paul Gemignani
Associate Conductor: Mark Mitchell
Assistant Conductor: Tony Geralis
Keyboards: Mark Mitchell, Tony Geralis
Strings: Sylvia D’Avanzo, Louise Owen, Mary Whitaker and Roger Shell
Woodwinds: Eric Weidman, Julie Ferrara and Don McGeen
Brass: Dominic Derasse, Michael Atkinson, Bruce Eidem and Dean Plank
Bass: John Beal
Drums/Percussion: Paul Pizzuti
Music Preparation: Emily Grishman Music Preparation/Emily Grishman, Katharine Edmonds
Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. The tale is presented as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents Dickens’ brooding mystery. Musical numbers include “Perfect Strangers,” “Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead,” “Off To The Races” and “Moonfall.”