The audience chose the murderer at each performance of Broadway's whodunit musical based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.
Theatregoers take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood (Stephanie J. Block)—and it’s up to the audience to choose the killer. Is it John Jasper (Will Chase), Edwin’s protective but slightly maniacal uncle? Rosa Budd (Erin Davie), his reluctant betrothed? The debauched Princess Puffer (Chita Rivera)? Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, adapted from Dickens by Rupert Holmes, debuted at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theatre in Central Park in August, 1985. The show transferred to Broadway the following December, winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. This is its first Broadway revival.