(Mr. Cedric Moncrieffe / Reverend Mr. Crisparkle). The Mystery of Edwin Drood
marks the 15th Broadway production of Gregg Edelmanʼs career. Since his first Broadway appearance in the original Broadway production of Harold Princeʼs Evita
, Gregg has gone on to star in such productions as City of Angels
, Into The Woods
, Anything Goes
, Wonderful Town
, and Cabaret
. He has earned four Tony Award nominations for his performances, as well as numerous other honors including the Drama Desk Award. Recent credits include the record breaking world premiere production of A.R. Gurneyʼs Black Tie
at Primary Stages, Sweeney in the critically acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd
at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago, and the award-winning George Street Theatre production of 12 Angry Men
in which he portrayed Juror #8, a role made famous by Henry Fonda. Film credits include Little Children, Spiderman 2, Crimes and Misdemeanors, City by the Sea, Green Card, Hollywood Ending
and the just-released Liberal Arts
. He was a regular on the CBS series, “Hack”; has guest-starred on numerous television series such as “30 Rock,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”; and no list of Greggʼs television work would be complete without mentioning the time he spent as the voice of the peanut M&M. His concert and recording work have given him the opportunity to travel all over the world, appearing with such orchestras as the Boston Pops, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony, as well as the Philadelphia and Chicago Pops. His many appearances at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops have allowed him to help honor such friends as John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Charles Strouse. He has also grown to love performing solo concerts in such intimate rooms as Feinsteinʼs. These smaller venues, a much different experience than performing in a Broadway theater, give him a chance to perform great music in a subtler and more personal way. His 17 recordings of Broadway shows include the cast albums of City of Angels
, Wonderful Town
, and Into the Woods
and studio recordings of On the Town
, Anything Goes
and Sweet Charity
(Mr. William Cartwright, Chairman) won a 2007 Olivier Award and a 2008 Tony Award for The Seafarer
. In New York he has appeared in Finian's Rainbow
(Encores and Broadway), The Weir
(Olivier nomination); Juno and the Paycock, Dublin Carol
(Obie Award); and Port Authority
at the Atlantic Theatre Company. National Theatre credits include The Veil, The Pillowman, Hamlet, Bedroom Farce, Comedians, St. Joan, Way Upstream, Tamberlaine, Playboy of the Western World
and Chorus of Disapproval.
At the Royal Court he appeared in The Contractor
and The Changing Room
. Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Water For Elephants, Straw Dogs, Hidden Agenda, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Driving Lessons, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Oyster Farmer
, and The Eclipse
. TV includes “Frasier,” “Poirot,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and "Father Ted." He has played characters as varied as Stan Laurel, Pirandello and Field Marshall Montgomery. He has recorded many audio books and the complete works of James Joyce for Naxos Audio Book (Sony Award).
(Mrs. Angela Prysock / The Princess Puffer) has won two Tony® Awards (Kiss of the Spider Woman; The Rink)
and received seven additional Tony nominations including one for her performance as “Liliane La Fleur” in Roundabout’s Tony Award–winning musical Nine
. Chita created the role of “Velma Kelly” in the original Broadway production of Chicago
opposite Gwen Verdon (1975) and appears in the film version. Career highlights on Broadway include starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, Mr. Wonderful
and the film version of Sweet Charity
.Chita has recorded and released a new CD entitled And Now I Swing
and is on a nationwide concert tour of Chita Rivera: My Broadway.
(Mr. Victor Grinstead / Neville Landless) will soon be seen in City Center Encores! production of Fiorello!
. Broadway credits include Scandalous
as Kenneth Ormisten and South Pacific
as Lt. Cable where he was seen on the Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast. Off Broadway in Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist
as Frank Russell (Drama Desk nomination). Also, Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along
, and regionally at La Jolla Playhouse (Little Miss Sunshine
) and American Conservatory Theater (Tales of the City
(Miss Janet Conover / Helena Landless). Jessie recently appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Sweet and Low Down
, with Michael Feinstein. She made her Broadway debut in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
opposite Harry Connick, Jr. this past winter. Originally from Chicago, Jessie has appeared in productions at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Court Theatre. She has appeared at the Long Wharf Theatre in Carousel,
as well as at the RSC in Henry IV,
Parts I & II. She can be seen this summer as Cinderella in the NYSF’s production of Into the Woods
at the Delacorte Theatre. Jessie is a recipient of the 2012 Theatre World Award, and has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and a Tony Award (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical).
(Miss Deirdre Peregrine / Rosa Bud). Broadway: Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music
revival, Young Little Edie in Grey Gardens
(Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut), Niki Harris in Curtains
. Off-Broadway: The Glorious Ones
(Lincoln Center Theater), Applause
(Eve Harrington; Encores). Tours: Swing!
, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
, Guys and Dolls
. Regional: A Time to Kill
, Sunday in the Park with George
, 90 Years of MUNY Magic
, The Apple Tree
, Jekyll & Hyde
, The Student Prince
. TV: "Law & Order," "The Good Wife".
(Master Nick Cricker / Deputy), age 14, made his Broadway debut in the Arthur Laurents hit revival of West Side Story.
He originated the role of Kiddo and performed one of the show's signature songs, "Somewhere," which he recorded for the Grammy Award–winning cast album. More recently, Nicholas originated the role of Boyd McGowan in the world premiere of the Broadway musical, Leap of Faith,
at Los Angeles
's Ahmanson Theatre. On television he appeared on HBO's "How to Make It in America"
and was the singing voice of Austin
for the final season of the popular Nickelodeon series, "The Backyardigans." Nicholas also enjoys studying piano and voice, playing tennis, and spending time with his family, including his older sister and two canine buddies.
(Mr. Philip Bax / Bazzard). Broadway: Harvey, Promises, Promises, To Be or Not To Be, Boeing, Boeing, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Cabaret, Little Me, American Daughter, State Fair.
(Roundabout), Birth & Afterbirth
(Atlantic), Country Club
(Drama Dept.) Maddening Truth
(Keen Co.) Television: Unforgettable, Good Wife, Too Big To Fail, Louie, Oz, Ed, Law & Order, Hi Honey I’m Home
. FILM: Adjustment Bureau, A Perfect Murder.
(Mr. Nick Cricker / Durdles) Broadway: Anything Goes
(Amos), The Lion King
(Timon), The Little Mermaid
(Chef Louis), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Laughing Room Only.
Other: Encores! Damn Yankees
(Smokey), NYC Opera’s The Merry Widow
(Njegus) and The Mikado
(Ko-Ko), DC Shakespeare, Paper Mill, Goodspeed, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse. TV: “Law & Order,” “Life on Mars.” Co-author and star of CAGNEY!,
the award-winning new musical about film legend James Cagney. Robert's Debut Album Ain’t We Got Fun!
was released on the LML MUSIC label in February 2012. www.RobertCreightonNYC.com
RUPERT HOLMES (Book, Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations). With The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which received the 1986 Tony® award for Best Musical, Rupert Holmes also became the first person in Broadway history to solely win Tony® awards as author, lyricist and composer. Holmes and Edwin Drood received identical honors from the New York Drama Desk, with Holmes receiving a fourth award in their additional category of Best Orchestration. His most recent musical Curtains (in collaboration with the legendary songwriting team of Kander and Ebb) earned him the Drama Desk award for Best Book of a Musical, as well as Tony nominations for both Best Book and Best Additional Lyrics. For Say Goodnight, Gracie, he received a Tony nomination and won the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play. His comedy-thriller Accomplice won him the second of his two Edgar awards from The Mystery Writers of America. His courtroom drama A Time to Kill (the first stage adaptation of a John Grisham novel) was seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and is slated for Broadway next spring. Holmes also created, wrote and scored all four seasons of AMC’s critically-acclaimed TV series “Remember WENN.” His first novel Where the Truth Lies was nominated for both a Nero Wolfe Award and Booklist Award for Best American Mystery Novel, and was adapted into a motion picture by Atom Egoyan, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon. His forthcoming novel from Simon and Schuster is the first in a series: The McMasters Guide to Homicide: Murder Your Employer. Prior to Edwin Drood, Holmes was a pop singer-songwriter who wrote, arranged and conducted platinum recordings for Barbra Streisand, including the album Lazy Afternoon and songs for the Golden Globe-winning score of A Star is Born, and who wrote and recorded several Billboard “Top Ten” hits of his own.
SCOTT ELLIS (Director). Broadway: Curtains (Tony nom.), The Little Dog Laughed (Drama League nom.), Steel Pier (Tony nom.; DD, OCC awards). For Roundabout Theatre Company: Harvey, Twelve Angry Men (Tony, DD noms., OCC and DD awards, Best Revival), The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nom., Best Director), She Loves Me (Tony nom.; DD, OCC awards), Picnic (OCC nom.), Company, A Month in the Country. London: She Loves Me (Olivier Award). Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Understudy, Streamers; Good Boys and True; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; The Waverly Gallery; The Dog Problem; That Championship Season; Dark Rapture; And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (DD, OCC awards); and Flora, the Red Menace (DD nom). NYC Opera: 110 in the Shade, A Little Night Music (also L.A. Opera). TV: “Modern Family,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Frasier,” “30 Rock” (Emmy nom., Best Director), “Weeds” (Executive Producer), “The Good Wife,” “Hung,” “The Closer.” Mr. Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company.