THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Rupert Holmes (Video)
24 Feb 2013
Rupert Holmes may be best known to Broadway fans for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Curtains, but the prolific writer is also an accomplished pop songwriter, with hits including "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)," "Answering Machine" and "Him."
Playbill.com is celebrating Holmes' Feb. 24 birthday with a collection of material from Drood and his pop career. If you don't know his early work – give the songs a listen!
Holmes, who took home 1986 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was also Tony-nominated for the book and score of Curtains. His other Broadway credits include Solitary Confinement and Say Goodnight, Gracie, among others.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.