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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Foothill Music Theatre Presents The Tony Award-Nominated Musical Whodunit “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Feb 21, 2020
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Adapted from Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel of the same name, this hilarious whodunit invites audiences to solve its main mystery by identifying the murderer of its title character, offering a different conclusion to each performance. When young Edwin Drood disappears, everyone he knows becomes a suspect. Among the lineup of criminal culprits are Drood’s dashing but villainous uncle, his beautiful fiancée, mysterious guests, and the purveyor of the opium den. Under the direction of Milissa Carey and music direction of Amanda Ku, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will play February 27 through March 15, 2020 at the Lohman Theatre (12345 El Monte Rd.) in Los Altos Hills, CA.

Presented as a play within a play by a loony Victorian theatre company, this rollicking musical comedy debuted at New York Shakespeare Festival before moving to Broadway, where it became a smash hit, winning 4 Tony Awards including “Best Musical,” “Best Original Score,” and “Best Book.” ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood” has been touted as “jolly good fun” as this musical murder mystery combines raucous comedy, lush tunes and audience participation to create a festive atmosphere in which life is celebrated, even if death is integral to the plot.

Foothill Music Theatre has assembled a powerhouse cast for this madcap mystery musical. Chloë Angst makes her Foothill Music Theatre debut as Edwin Drood, the young man whose disappearance has the town of Cloisterham reeling. John Mannion also makes his Foothill Music Theatre debut, as The Chairman, the host of the evening’s mysterious proceedings. Heather Orth plays Princess Puffer, the proprietress of the Opium Den while Brenna Sammon makes her Foothill Music Theatre debut as Rosa Bud, Drood’s fiancée.

Benjamin Ball is another actor who makes his Foothill Music Theatre debut as John Jasper, Drood’s devious uncle while Aaron Hurley plays Reverend Crisparkle, who oversees the Cloisterham Cathedral.

Returning to Foothill Music Theatre, Rachelle Abbey and David Murphy take on the roles of Helena and Neville Landless, orphaned siblings who come from Ceylon to stay with Reverend Crisparkle. Linda Piccone takes on the role of Mrs. Durdles, a gravedigger that tends to the catacombs of the Cloisterham cathedral. Dan Cardenas plays The Deputy, Durdles’s young assistant.

The cast is rounded out by the Citizens of Cloisterham, played by Helena Clarkson, Nick Conrad, Jessica Ellithorpe, Zack Goller, Seth Goyal, Kayvon Kordestani, Max Kranzler, M.C. Mendonca, Cody Putz, Skyler Riordan, Greg Robbins, Erika Strandberg, Alea Selburn, and Mary Wolper.

For tickets ($12 - $36) or more information please visit www.foothill.edu/theatre or phone at (650) 949-7360.

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Photo caption: (l to r): A Victorian troupe, including Edwin Drood (Chloë Angst), Durdles (Linda Piccone), The Chairman (John Mannion) and Rosa Bud (Brenna Sammon), warms up the audience in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," presented by Foothill Music Theatre February 27 - March 15 at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos Hills. (Photo Credit: David Allen)


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