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Leggett Theatre, Main Building

Sat Nov 23rd, 2013

05:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.


Novel by Charles Dickens, Musical by Rupert Holmes

William Peace Theatre is delighted to present Drood (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and directed by Jason Dula, M.T.W., WPU's Artistic Director and Associate Professor of Musical Theatre.

Drood is written by Rupert Holmes, and was the first Broadway musical with multiple endings (determined by audience vote). Holmes received Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score. The musical won five Tony Awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Musical & Best Leading Actor..

This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) "puts on" its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery.

The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper's nephew, young Edwin Drood.

Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit?

Musical numbers include The Wage of Sin, Perfect Strangers, Both Sides of the Coin, Don't Quit While You're Ahead and Moonfall.

The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of Drood's most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale!

Drood Is presented through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

The musical runs Nov. 14-16/20-23 at 7:30 p.m. in Leggett Theatre, with a special Matinee performance on the 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $18 Adults / $16 Senior Citizens / $16 Alumni / $16 Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / $5 Children

(Note: a 3% entertainment tax is included in the ticket price.)

We are sold out for Saturday night. For matinee tickets, please stop by the Box Office after 1:30 p.m. Show starts at 2 p.m.