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Broadway Divas and The #1 Song on Their Birthdays

What does it say that, on the day that Laura Benanti was born, the number one song was Bad Girls, and the number one movie was Dracula?
Probably nothing, but thanks to a #1 song database, and a #1 movie database, you can look up the song or movie that was number one on any date. I looked up the hit song on the birthdays of the most popular current Broadway divas. Consider it song astrology.

Laura Benanti

July 15, 1979

Bad Girls by Donna Summer

Kristin Chenoweth

July 24, 1968

Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Masekela

Sutton Foster

March 18, 1975

Black Water by The Doobie Brothers

Nikki M. James

June 3, 1981

Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

Patti LuPone

April 21, 1949

Cruising Down the River by Blue Barron and His Orchestra

 

Audra McDonald

July 3, 1970

The Love You Save by The Jackson 5

Idina Menzel

May 30, 1971

Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones

 

Kelli O’Hara

April 16, 1976

Disco Lady by Johnnie Taylor

Bernadette Peters

February 28, 1948

I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover by Art Mooney and His Orchestra

Billy Porter

September 21, 1969

Sugar, Sugar by The Archies

 

Chita Rivera

January 23, 1933

 

Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time) by Ethel Waters

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The Visit Ticket Giveaway: See Chita Rivera’s New Musical For Free

The_Visit-1Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Chita Rivera and Roger Rees in The Visit, “a stunning tale of young love, timeless seduction, and sweet revenge.” The Visit marks the final collaboration between John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Cabaret), with a book by Terrence McNally. It begins performances March 26th at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater, and opens April 23, 2015.

This contest to win a pair of tickets to the show is easy: Just come up with a tagline to the following video:

It can be funny, it can be daring, it can be alluring — and, if it’s good enough, it might actually be used.

1. Please put your suggestion for a tag line in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.
2. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
3. This contest ends Thursday, March 12, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

 

Update: Congratulations to Corey Sexton, winner of the random drawing.

Chita Theater – Chita Rivera, 60 Years on Broadway

Chita Rivera, who turns 82 on January 23, will star on Broadway once again as the richest woman in the world who returns to her hometown set on revenge in “The Visit,” the last Kander-Ebb collaboration, which opens at the Lyceum on April 23, 2015.
It is the latest role in a remarkable Broadway career that goes back more than 60 years and includes 16 previous productions, several of them landmark American musicals. Chita Rivera originated the roles of:
Anita in the original 1957 Broadway production of West Side Story
Rose in the original 1960 Broadway production of Bye, Bye Birdie
Velma Kelly in the original 1975 Broadway production of Chicago
The title role in Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1993

And now, as Claire Zachanassian in “The Visit”, co-starring Roger Rees, directed by John Doyle, choreographed by Graciela Daniele, with a book by Terrence McNally.

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Born Conchita Del Rivero Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C in 1933, Chita Rivera has been nominated for nine Tonys and won two, a Kennedy Center Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

An interview with her in the Times that accompanied the announcement of the Broadway production of “The Visit” included tentative reflections, as the interviewer put it, on whether the play will be her swan song:

“I think this character is right in time with who I am, and how old I am, and my maturity and my life in the theater… Will this be – it doesn’t feel like it – but is the universe painting a picture for me? I’m wondering, is this going to be sort of like – no, I’m not going to say it. I feel like I’ve been given a gift with this show, and when you’re given a gift, you really respect it.”

Chita Rivera and Roger Rees.
Chita Rivera and Roger Rees.Credit Bruce Glikas

Career highlights:

Call Me Madam…. Principal Dancer
Guys and Dolls…. Principal Dancer
Can-Can
Shoestring Revue…. Principal Dancer
Seventh Heaven….Fifi
Mr. Wonderful…. Rita Romano
West Side Story…. Anita
Bye Bye Birdie…. Rosie Alvarez
Prisoner of Zenda …. Athena
Bajour…. Anyanka
Flower Drum Song…. Linda Low
The Rose Tattoo Threepenny Opera…. Jenny
Sweet Charity…. Charity Hope Valentine
Zorba the Greek…. Zorba
1491…. Beatriz
Kiss Me Kate
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris… Carousel
Born Yesterday…. Billie Dawn
Chicago…. Velma Kelly
Bring Back Birdie…. Rose Grant
Merlin: The Magical Musical…. The Queen
The Rink…. Anna
Jerry’s Girls….Chita Rivera
Kiss of the Spider Woman…. Aurora
Chita & All That Jazz
Anything Goes…. Reno Sweeney
Casper: The Friendly Musical…. Magdalena Monteverde
Venecia…. La Vieja
House of Bernarda Alba…. Bernarda Alba
Nine the Musical…. Liliane La Fleur
Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life….

Stage Kisses! Oprah on Broadway? Diahann Carroll Not on Broadway! Oscar Wilde on Russia. The Week in New York Theater

Photos of the most memorable stage kisses stories told to Playwrights Horizons

Theater exists only for a moment, but it also goes back for thousands of years.  This week, Oscar Wilde and the Group Theatre come back to life; Almost, Maine makes a triumphant return to New York; Oprah Winfrey reaches back for her Broadway acting debut.  Details below.

Also below: My reviews of Bronx Bombers on Broadway, and Charles Busch’s latest cross-dressing farce, The Tribute Artist.

The Week in New York Theater, February 3 – 9, 2014

Monday, February 3

New Wicked cast members

New cast members for Wicked on Broadway starting February 25: Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, Jenni Barber as Glinda, Justin Guarini as Fiyero,  Mary Testa as  Madame Morrible

The third winter storm of 2014 -- and, like the others, no canceled shows.

The third winter storm of 2014 — and, like the others, no canceled shows.

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Carly Rae Jepsen, soon to be Cinderella

Carly Rae Jepsen, who has taken over the title role in Cinderella, from a photo spread in Paper Magazine

Is filmed theater a new art form, asks Rachael Castell of Digital Theatre. http://bit.ly/1doEhVO

If a playwright writes outside his or her race/gender, is it “cultural appropriation”? Jacqueline E. Lawton considers

WEST SIDE STORY

Bilingual screening of West Side Story on February 23rd at the United Palace of Cultural Arts will feature an introduction by Lin-Manual Miranda interviewing Rita Moreno!

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My review of Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine, returning triumphantly to New York City for the first time since it flopped here in 2006, is one of those plays that has reached such legendary status that it’s a must-see for the theatrically inclined regardless of its actual content.

Full review of Almost, Maine

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NeilPatrickHarrisas Hedwig“We can separate artistic pain, the experience of feeling deeply, from leading a painful life.” ~ writer Dorthe Nors.

Do the arts favor the rich? NO, says this report.

 Instead of using arts research to prove our work is valuable, let’s use it to improve our work, says Nina Simon.

Neil Patrick Harris is returning to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch — which is why he says he’ll be too busy to be host of the 2014 Tony Awards.

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OprahinTheButlerOprah Winfrey (seen at left in her role in “The Butler) is in talks to make her Broadway acting debut in a revival of Marsha Norman’s “’Night, Mother,” opposite Audra McDonald, as a mother who tries to stop her daughter from committing suicide.

George C. Wolfe would direct the production, which is aiming for the 2015-16 Broadway season.  The playwright was the book writer on “The Color Purple,” which Winfrey produced — a musical that she is talking about reviving.

Mare Winningham and Reed Birney join Patrick Page and John Cullum in the cast of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, which opens on Broadway April 23rd.

Yannick Vézina @BroadwayVez:Can’t wait for this show !!

An artist’s humanity,not race/gender, qualifies them to tell ANY character’s story, says Anjali Bhimani, an actress who appeared in Mary Zimmerman’s The Jungle Book.

Vaclav Havel’s final play, The Pig, a “performance feast” (including dinner) translated by Edward Einhorn, will run at 3LD Art & Technology Center, March 6th to 29th.

Top Hat, Astaire/Rogers film turned UK musical, coming to NYC in March, helmed by Chris Gattelli (Newsies), as “developmental lab”

 Theater artists fear to speak out about anything. Why?

Jon Jon Johnson ‏@>DCJonJon  My guess is that we’re taught that we’re ‘replaceable’ because ‘the show must go on’. Why endanger our positions?
walkinglife desperateforwork
garliacornelia we want to keep our jobs. They are few and far between, so we will out up with a lot.
Jamil Khoury@KhouryJamil This is where self producing comes in but not replicating the bad behavior of others when in power.
Jonathon Hunter ‏I agree job loss is a concern, but also within an organisation the behavior can run deep. Complaining doesn’t solve it.

Bronx BombersCircle in the Square Theatre

My review of Bronx Bombers

You almost have to admire the chutzpah of the producers of “Bronx Bombers,” a dramatically inert play about the Yankees that was poorly received when it ran briefly Off-Broadway but nevertheless now has opened in Broadway’s much larger Circle in the Square Theater. They apparently aim to make their show not just critic-proof, but immune to the opinion even of regular Broadway theatergoers.

Full review of Bronx Bombers on Broadway

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HouseofConnelly by ReGroupTheatre

The Group Theatre, Revisited

Eighty-three years after the first play presented by the Group Theatre debuted on Broadway, it has debuted again, Off-Off Broadway, produced by the ReGroup Theater, which aims to bring back the 23 plays that the Group ensemble performed in its ten years of existence.

The House of Connelly by Pulitzer-winning playwright Paul Green remains a shocking play—indeed, it is in some ways more shocking now than it was in 1931, when Group co-founder Lee Strasberg directed a cast that included Stella Adler, Franchot Tone and Clifford Odets (who had exactly one line.)  Strasberg and Adler became famous acting teachers, Tone a movie star, Odets a major American playwright and then a Hollywood burnout, and the Group Theatre became…”legendary”—for having developed “Method acting” in America, and for believing theater should make a difference in the world.

Full article in Howlround about ReGroup’s production of The House of Connelly

Most beautiful building in the theater district, restored. (The statue is of Ethel Barrymore)

Most beautiful building in the theater district, restored. (The statue is of Ethel Barrymore)

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Does it matter that a white guy wrote a play about black guys, asks Andrew White (!) of Looking Glass Theater.

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, at Ars Nova through November 17, 2012

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, at Ars Nova through November 17, 2012

Producers plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500,000 in order to make Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 into a movie.

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diahanncarrollDiahann Carroll has withdrawn from Raisin in the Sun “due to the vigorous demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule.” (?)

Her statement: “The pace of filming movies and TV projects is quite different than the extensive amount of time preparing and appearing ‘live’ on Broadway eight times a week. I enjoyed working with Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Kenny Leon and an amazing cast and I wish them well.” Carroll, 78, has performed on Broadway in three productions, the last one “Agnes of God” in 1982.  LaTanya Richardson Jackson will take over the role of Lena Younger. Jackson, wife of actor Samuel Jackson, was last on Broadway in the 2009 revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

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Oscar Wilde’s first play, “Vera, or The Nihilists” is being revived by an all-male cast at HERE — for the first time, say Femme Fatale Theater, in 131 years. My preview

CharlesBuschinTheTributeArtistMy review of The Tribute Artist

Don’t call him a drag queen. “I’m a celebrity tribute artist,” Charles Busch says, in the role of his latest creation, Jimmy, who has lost his job at the Flamingo Hotel’s Boys Will Be Girls Revue in Las Vegas, because nobody is interested anymore in impersonations of Julie Andrews or Pearl Bailey…..  Jimmy puts on his dead landlady’s dresses and assumes her identity, in order for Rita to sell the house. The plan is supposed to be make them both rich. Busch thus sets into motion the mechanics of an old-fashioned farce, which becomes increasingly busy…As crafty as he is as a writer, and spot-on in his comic timing as a performer,  two hours of a silly, convoluted plot may be too much to ask of an audience aging along with him.

Full review of The Tribute Artist

Is Daniel Day-Lewis The Model for Geoffrey In Slings and Arrows? Phantom at 25. Manilow No Way. Landlord of La Mancha

Daniel Day-Lewis with Judi Dench on stage in Hamlet in 1989. Paul Gross as Geoffrey Tennant in scene from Slings and Arrows.

Daniel Day-Lewis with Judi Dench on stage in Hamlet in 1989. Paul Gross as Geoffrey Tennant in scene from Slings and Arrows.

When Daniel Day-Lewis won the Screen Actors Guild award for his leading role in “Lincoln” – having already won a slew of other awards for it as well as an Oscar nomination — I wondered why he is just a screen actor. Why has he never been on a Broadway stage? Has he ever been on a New York stage at all?
I soon got my answer:
Natalie Chernicoff (@n2natalie): He hasn’t appeared onstage since an unfortunate real-life “Geoffrey Tennant in Slings & Arrows” incident in London. Collapsed in the middle of a scene. Sobbed uncontrollably and refused to return onstage. Later explained that he’d seen the ghost of his own father in the scene where Hamlet’s father’s ghost appears to Hamlet, who Day-Lewis was playing.

Jonathan Mandell: Was this before or after Slings and Arrows?

Natalie Chernicoff 1989 — Well before. Inspiration for the TV show, perhaps?

Rose Ginsberg ‏@MsEnScene
oh my god Daniel Day Lewis is Geoffrey Tennant??

Elissa Goetschius ‏(@egoetschius)
He hasn’t done theater since. The Gertrude in that production was Judy Dench. (I did a paper on it in college.)
You can read about it in Richard Eyre’s published diary, National Service.

Jonathan Mandell: Why is he more likely to see his father’s ghost on stage than in a movie?

Nella Vera ‏@spinstripes
Because it’s live, there aren’t retakes, you are in the moment, in the darkness, no one yells CUT.

Diep Tran ‏@diepthought Wonder if Kushner can compel him to give it another go

This week in New York theater:

January 21, 2013

Jordan Roth has become principal owner of Jujamcyn Theaters (owner of 5 Broadway houses) , buying out partner Rocco Landesman, recently retired head of the National Endowment for the Arts. AT 37, Roth is the youngest theater owner on Broadway.

 David Hare chose theater over film: “you’re less at the whim of stupid people” though playwriting is “a harrowingly lonely life.”

Has anybody actually ever read the telephone book on stage? There seems to be an audience for it.

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Kevin R. Free ‏@kevinrfree

There’s a New York Neofuturists play called “Shot in The Dark” in which Bill Coelius read from the phone book. He only read one name at random, and looked in the audience to see if he/she was present

James Bow ‏@jamesbow

SCTV did a nice sketch based around the idea.

Matt Trueman ‏@matttrueman

Yes. A show at the Edinburgh Fringe a few years back that had guest comedians do just that.

MitchLeighMan of La Mancha composer Mitch Leigh, 84, is now a real estate developer, creating a new community
right next door to Six Flags Great Adventure”  in New Jersey, Jackson Twenty-One, “America’s only arts-sports residential community” 

Should he rewrite Man of La Mancha? My take:

I am I, Don Quixote, The landLord of La Mancha, My manager calls and I go,

And the wild winds of Teaneck/ Will carry me onward,

Oh whithersoever they blow

Onto Passaic I go

This is my Quest to ladle on tar

In all my new driveways, for all the new cars

To fight for air rights

Without riders or clause

To be willing to take you to court

Without any real cause

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JekyllandHydeJekyll and Hyde, with Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox will begin on Broadway April 5th at the Marquis Theater, and open April 18th,  for a 13-week run

ManilowWayBroadway Week, 2-for-1 tix to everything from Annie to Wicked (Only Lion King sold out) tonite through Feb 7

Starting today, until Feb 10th: 20at20 $20 tix to Off-Broadway shows. List of shows

Today they’ve renamed 44th Street and Seventh Avenue Manilow Way, but Barry Manilow cancels his Broadway performance due to bronchitis.

Are there ads for Lucky Guy EVERYWHERE in print and online, or is this just because there are cookies on all my devices (& reading matter)?

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ChitaRiverais80Tuck Everlasting, musical based on 1975 kid book, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Carolee Carmello, aims for Bway after Boston run this summer

She was born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero.

She first appeared on Broadway 60 years ago in Can-Can. She’s in her 16th Bway show now, Drood.Happy 80th Birthday, Chita Rivera.

Which is more shocking,that Chita Rivera is 80 or Rita Moreno is 81? >A century and a half of pure talent, still hoofing it!)

Manilow on Broadway canceled again tonight on doctor’s orders, but the singer promises to perform tomorrow, the opening

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Ian McKellen teaming up with Patrick Stewart in Pinter’s No Man’s Land AND Beckett’s Waiting For Godot on Broadway Fall 2013!!

The musical Bare will close at New World Stages on Sun ,Feb 3,after 21 pre & 65 reg performances. A cast album is in the works

Barry Manilow still sick. Tonight, which would have been opening night, has been canceled, along with Friday and Saturday.

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TheSteadfast2I’ve reviewed two plays for Backstage in the last few days that share much in common — The Living Theatre’s “Here We Are” a theater piece about anarchists through the ages, and the Slant Theatre Project’s “The Steadfast,” a play about American soldiers through the ages —   except their politics.

Patriotism, Anarchy and Art: Can you enjoy theater you don’t agree with politically?

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David Mamet shores up his conservative cred w/a pro-gun essay (which reads EXACTLY like The Anarchist) 

We Will Rock You, musical w/ 24 songs from Freddie Mercury’s band Queen, going on US tour & reportedly may stop on Broadway. Fifteen

million have seen it in 17 countries. I saw We Will Rock You in Toronto. It sort of does wtih Queen what Mamma Mia does with ABBA.

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The Phantom of the Opera25 years ago today, Phantom of The Opera opened on Broadway.And it’s still there,the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Phantom has given 10,390 + reg. performances. Moose Murders gave just 1, considered the worst show in Broadway theater. BUT….

Just like Carrie last season, Moose Murders is getting an Off-Broadway revival. Jan 29-Feb 10 Connelly Theater (220 E 4th St.)

Theater community ( minus Mamet) supports today’s March on Washington for Gun Control  

The Perfect American, Philip Glass’s new opera, depicts Walt Disney as racist, despotic and megalomaniacal 

Dan Stevens (@ThatDanStevens) 100th performance of The Heiress this afternoon! [Heiress closes Feb 9th]

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ScreenActorsGuildAwards2013Screen Actors Guild Award 2013 winners

Dick Van Dyke got a lifetime achievement award best-known for his TV sitcoms, is a veteran of 4 Bway shows, most notably the original Bye, Bye Birdie.

From Daniel Day-Lewis acceptance speech:

When I was prowling around the idea and wondering whether I could take the risk of doing it, for some reason the guiding principle of the Hippocratic Oath kept nagging at me: First do no harm. And with that modest but important ambition, I set out.

And then it occurred to me that it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln. And therefore somehow it’s only fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again.

 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Review: No Mystery It’s Back on Broadway

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” The suspects stand on stage so that the audience can choose who’s the murderer.

At the very beginning of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the well-designed revival of Rupert Holmes’ inventive musical cleverly adapted from Charles Dickens’ last and unfinished novel, a character sings:

And it matters not to me

what part of town you come from,

we but cheer you’ve made it here at all!

How could Holmes have known, when he wrote those lyrics more than a quarter of a century ago, how resonant they would feel to me and surely many other members of the audience on the day we attended? It was shortly after Sandy hit, Broadway theaters were just reopening after having been shut down for three days, and as an incentive, the Roundabout was selling all tickets to Drood at Studio 54 for just $20.  Although there was still no easy way to get around the city, the theater was packed! Someone without heat or electricity – from the Dark Zone – could suddenly imagine what it must have felt like to visit a British music hall during the London blitz.

Given these circumstances, it is hard to judge “Drood.” But it would be difficult to apply normal dramatic criteria in any circumstances. “The Mystery of Drood” is not really a mystery. And, though the original Broadway production won the Tony as best musical in 1986 (along with four other Tony Awards), and some of the songs are wonderful, “Drood” is not exactly a musical either. Call Drood an entertainment, and a clever game.

Chita Rivera as The Princess Puffer, and Stephanie J Block as Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway

The Music Hall Royale, a troupe of Victorian actors, is putting on a play based on the Dickens novel. Each company member plays at least one character.  Drood himself is played by the company’s great male impressionist, Miss Alice Nutting (who in this production is portrayed by the splendid performer  Stephanie J. Block.) By the time Drood disappears, there are more than enough suspects to keep Agatha Christie busy.  John Jasper, portrayed by Will Chase (I’m dispensing with the names of the troupe’s characters), is  Drood’s envious uncle – envious because he has the hots for his music student Rosa Bud (Betsy Wolfe), who is Drood’s fiancé. Reverend Chrisparkle (Gregg Edelman) had the hots for Rosa’s mother. Ceylon orphan Neville Landless (Andy Karl), recently arrived in England with his twin sister Helena Landless (Jessie Mueller), is hot-headed and takes an immediate disliking to Drood.  Other suspects: Princess Puffer (Chita Rivera) who runs an opium den and has a secret connection to Rosa; Bazzard (Peter Benson) who would do anything for attention; gravedigger Durdles (Robert Creighton) – I forget why he’s a suspect.

It’s a crowded rogues gallery, each getting little more than a scene and a song or two to arouse our suspicions, interrupted by various goings-on of the troupe (introductions, rivalries, jokes).  The cast is in fine voice and does stellar work, but the real stand-out in this production is the design — Anna Louizos sets and especially William Ivey Long’s costumes.
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Shortly Into Act II, “Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead” quits abruptly, and the troupe’s “chairman” (Jim Norton, an  appealing antic master of ceremonies)  announces that we have reached the point where Dickens stopped writing. There are now four questions that must be answered in order to continue the show.

  1. Drood has disappeared, but is he dead? (I’ll risk being accused as a spoiler to point out that only the troupe votes on this one, and the fix is in.)
  2. What is the secret identity of the detective who makes an appearance in Act II? (The choice is one of the characters to whom we were introduced in Act I.)
  3. Who is the murderer?
  4. Which two characters will fall in love with one another.

The audience votes on each of the last three questions. (To shy theatergoers: Nobody will force you to vote. It’s by a show of hands.) The show then proceeds with different songs and different scenes based on the vote at each performance.

Such interactive theater and meta fiddling around was more a novelty when “Drood” first hit Broadway, before such mischievous non-mysteries like “Twin Peaks” on TV or audience-determined outcomes like “American Idol,” and long before such “immersive” stage experiences that put theatergoers in control like “Sleep No More.”  The effect of all this playing around in “Drood,” whether intentional or not, is to keep the audience at a remove from Dickens’ story. This is not a show for serious consumers of mysteries, even though the man who created it – he wrote the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations – changed his name from David Goldstein to Rupert Holmes in honor of Sherlock. But  if there is no conventional mystery in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” there is also no mystery to its popularity.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

At Studio 54

Book, Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations by Rupert Holmes

Directed by Scott Ellis

Choreographed by Warren Carlyle; sets by Anna Louizos, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting desined by Brian Nason, sound by Tony Meola

Cast: Stephanie J. Block (Edwin Drood), Will Chase (John Jasper), Gregg Edelman (Reverend Mr. Crisparkle),Jim Norton (Chairman) and Chita Rivera (Princess Puffer) with Andy Karl (Neville Landless), Jessie Mueller (Helena Landless), Betsy Wolfe (Rosa Bud), Nicholas Barasch (Deputy), Peter Benson (Bazzard), Robert Creighton (Durdles), Alison Cimmet, Nick Corley, Justin Greer, Shannon Lewis, Kiira Schmidt, Eric Sciotto, Jim Walton, Cody Williams.

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission

Tickets: $42 to $147

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is scheduled to run through February  10, 2013