PLAYBILL EXCLUSIVE: Who's Who? Edwin Drood Troupers Share Bios of Their Alter-Ego Show Folk

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20 Dec 2012

Robert Creighton's Nick Cricker as The Mystery of Edwin Drood.">
Robert Creighton's Nick Cricker as "Durdles" in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's acclaimed new Broadway production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood picked up their quill pens to create mock Playbill-style biographies of the Victorian troupers they play in the English music hall-style romp.


The make-believe credits and personal histories of the ladies and gentlemen of London's Music Hall Royale were cooked up exclusively for Playbill by Roundabout cast members Robert Creighton, Peter Benson, Jessie Mueller, Stephanie J. Block, Nicholas Barasch, Gregg Edelman, Will Chase, Andy Karl, Chita Rivera, Jim Norton and Betsy Wolfe.

And, now, cast your mind back to the English music hall of the 1890s, when limelight, gaslight, footlight, canvas, greasepaint — and tireless actors — created make-believe. Here are Playbill Who's Who bios that might have been, but never were:

Nick Cricker (Robert Creighton)
Was previously employed, for several years, as the purveyor of fine ale and liquors at The Pickled Pig on Rose Street. That he is a member of the Music Hall Royale Company is through the generosity and foresight of our dear Chairman William Cartwright. Mr. Cartwright, being a frequent fixture at "The Pig," knew of Mr. Cricker's fondness for a joke. When the Company player Augustus Jones sadly and suddenly departed this earth Mr. Cartwright, in a perhaps less-than-lucid moment, invited Mr. Cricker to stand in. It was in the production of Hurry Up Harry where he made his debut speaking that singular line, "I wouldn't touch that if I was you!" Since that auspicious beginning playing that drunken blacksmith he has gone on to play other memorable roles including: Baddles the drunken gardener in Love Me or Cleave Me; Deedles the drunken butler in Two For The Taking; Sidles the drunken jockey in Cranky Doodle Dandy; Noodles the drunken chef in Angels With Flirty Faces; and most recently Durdles the drunken keeper of the crypts. By and by, the Music Hall has become the family business, as young Nick Cricker II has joined the troupe, following his mother's untimely death, and is sure to become a vital member of this boisterous and beautiful lot at the Music Hall Royale.


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