Andrew Samonsky to Join Broadway's The Mystery of Edwin Drood
By Kenneth Jones
Roundabout Theatre's Company's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, at Broadway's Studio 54, will welcome Andrew Samonsky to the troupe on Feb. 12. He'll play Neville Landless, a role created in this revival by Andy Karl, who will play his final performance on Feb. 10.
Samonsky is now in rehearsal for the City Center Encores! production of Fiorello! His Broadway credits include Scandalous as Kenneth Ormisten and South Pacific as Lt. Cable (a performance also seen on the "Live From Lincoln Center" PBS broadcast). His Off-Broadway credits include Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist as Frank Russell (Drama Desk nomination) and the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along, plus La Jolla Playhouse's Little Miss Sunshine and American Conservatory Theater's Tales of the City.
As previously announced, Erin Davie will also join the Drood company on Feb. 12. Davie, of Broadway's Curtains, A Little Night Music and Grey Gardens, succeeds Betsy Wolfe in the role of Rosa Bud — the damsel-in-distress soprano who gets to sing composer-lyricist-librettist Rupert Holmes' shimmering ballad "Moonfall." Wolfe is headed to the new Off-Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown's two-character musical The Last Five Years. Her final bow in Drood, set in the world of the Victorian English music hall, is Feb. 10.
The new cast recording will be released on Jan. 29.
Scott Ellis (Curtains, Twelve Angry Men) directs Drood. The revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical features choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Paul Gemignani. The design team includes Anna Louizos (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Brian Nason (lighting), Tony Meola (sound) and Paul Huntley (hair & wigs).
The Mystery of Edwin Drood currently stars Stephanie J. Block (Edwin Drood), Will Chase (John Jasper), Gregg Edelman (Reverend Mr. Crisparkle), Jim Norton (Chairman) and Chita Rivera (Princess Puffer) with Andy Karl (Neville Landless), Jessie Mueller (Helena Landless), Nicholas Barasch (Deputy), Peter Benson (Bazzard), Robert Creighton (Durdles), Alison Cimmet, Nick Corley, Janine DiVita, Jenifer Foote, Justin Greer, Shannon Lewis, Spencer Plachy, Kiira Schmidt, Eric Sciotto and Jim Walton.
The musical version of Charles Dickens' unfinished novel is told by a rowdy ensemble of actors in a London music hall. The audience famously determines the killer at the end of the show. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1986, also snagging Tonys for Holmes' script and score.
Studio 54 is at 254 W. 54th Street. For tickets and information, visit roundabouttheatre.org.
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