The original play by Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom Dodge (based on the famed chacters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) was to appear in the 2003-04 season but was tangled in a contract issue that has now been resolved. The murder mystery will replace the announced staging of Enchanted April and play in rep with other Asolo shows, Nov. 26, 2004-March 6, 2005 (in the Mertz Theatre).
The Asolo announced June 3 that Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie will play the Jane B. Cook Theatre May 6-29, 2005.
"We're excited to offer a new murder mystery after the huge success we saw with Murder by Misadventure [in 2003-04]," producing artistic director Howard Millman said in a statement. "The West End Horror was slated for the 2003-2004 season, but was stalled by contract negotiations. The details have been worked out and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to present it now. Since we were unable to obtain the rights to Enchanted April this season, it was a natural switch."
In The West End Horror: The New Sherlock Holmes Mystery! by Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom Dodge, it's 1895 London and legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his steadfast companion Dr. Watson "weave through the glamorous and enchanting world of London's West End theatre district to solve the murder of a drama critic. They encounter some of the theatre's most intriguing personalities: George Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry, Bram Stoker, Gilbert and Sullivan and the irrepressible Oscar Wilde. The game is afoot in this murderously entertaining puzzle full of sophisticated fun, music and mystery."
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