"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center presents "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at the Jersey Shore Arts Center on August 15, 16, and 17 at 8 PM and on August 18 at 3 PM. Norman Hart announces his return to the shore area as director of the production.
Tickets: $28 per person
Originally adapted into a musical by Rupert Holmes, Drood is based on the final and incomplete novel by Charles Dickens and allows the audience to decide the murderer. Once the audience votes, the cast has to quickly prepare for the chosen ending. The recent Broadway production has garnered five Tony nominations, including Best Revival.
Rather than imitate Dickens' dark storytelling style, Holmes created a play within a play where cast members play musical hall performers who are acting the part of Dickens' characters. This allows for greater levity and more musical numbers than the original plot could hope to achieve. The original production of Drood ran for 608 performances and won five Tony awards out of eleven nominations, including Best Musical.
Tickets are available at the door, by calling 732-858-8106, or at drood.brownpapertickets.com, and cost $28. The Jersey Shore Arts Center at Main Street and Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.
The Axelrod performance of Drood is licensed from Tams-Whitmark.
For further information, please contact Jess Levy, CEO of the Axelrod PAC at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Norman Hart: Before leaving the area to pursue his graduate degrees, Norman Hart was well-known in the Jersey Shore theater community as a director, musical director, performer, playwright, and a television scriptwriter on ABC'a One Life to Live, for which he earned a Daytime Drama Emmy nomination. A
Now that he has returned to the Jersey Shore, Doc also looks forward to returning to his theatrical roots and another, hopefully long and successful run.
A Talented Cast Features:
Christin Vivona (Rosabud) Recently seen in Axelrod Productions of "Oklahoma!" and "42nd Street (Oceanport)
Anne Brennan (Princess Puffer) Recently starred in the Cabaret for Life/Axelrod production of Cabaret as Fraulein Schneider (Middletown)
Paul Caliendo (Crisparkle): Paul has appeared in productions of Legally Blonde (Callahan), Ragtime (Grandfather), Guys and Dolls (Brother Arvide), The Producers (Mel), My Fair Lady (Doolittle), Arsenic and Old Lace (Lt. Rooney), The Secret Garden (Ben the gardener), The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzeig), Dracula (Dr. Seward), All My Sons (Joe Keller), Fantastiks (Hucklebee), The Crucible (Gov. Danforth) and Into The Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man.
Abigail McTaggart (Edwin Drood) recently in the Algonquin Arts' production of"Pride and Prejudice" as Miss Bingley. (Point Pleasant Boro)
Anthony Greco (Chairman) has appeared in "The Secret Garden," "Broadway Scrapbook," and "Side by Side by Sondheim." at the Axelrod and has produced and directed shows at the Axelrod and around the county!Oakhurst)
Jordon Eisenberg (Helena has appeared in numerous Axelrod Productions, including "The Wizard of Oz," "Annie," and "Dear Edwina." (Allenhurst)
Andrew Behrens (Durdles) last seen as Lucas in "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." Other credits include Papa Ge ("Once on this Island"), Ching Ho ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Reb Mordcha ("Fiddler on the Roof").
Ben Shutman (Neville) Past credits include "Guys and Dolls," "Into the Woods," "Stairs to the Roof," and "The Laramie Project" to name a few. (Ocean)
Justin Franco (Jasper) has been featured productions of "Oklahoma", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Over Here," "Gypsy," and "South Pacific." (Sea Bright)
Jersey Shore Arts Center (View)
66 S Main Street
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756