Book, Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Director: Andy Scott
Music Director: Ken Kimble
Choreographer: Elysia Greene-Merrill
Stage Manager: Kristy McKeever
ASGT’s 50th performance season opens with the Tony Award-winning murder-mystery musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale—a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe—puts on its flamboyant rendition of Charles Dickens’ last (and unfinished) mystery novel. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud, who is engaged to Jasper's nephew, the young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve, but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit? The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience towards one of musical theatre’s most talked-about features: the audience votes on the solution to the crime, resulting in a different unusual and hilarious finale every night!
Director: Andy Scott
Andy Scott is thrilled to be making his Maryland directing debut with ASGT's The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He is a graduate of Greensboro College with a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing, and an English minor. Favorite directing credits include: The Brothers Savage (Manhattan Repertory Theater), You Looked Hot When You Stole that Dress from Walmart (Fresh Fruit Festival), Carve (Greensboro College Mainstage), Pieces of Fire, and Miss Julie (Greensboro College Lab), among many other projects with the Powerhouse Apprentice Company and the National Theater Institute. He has received a departmental award (Best Direction) and a SDC Student Directing nomination from KCACTF. He has assistant directed at Triad Stage and Powerhouse Theater. He has also worked with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Roundhouse Theatre, and the North Carolina Theatre Conference, among other organizations. Andy wishes to thank everyone on this journey.
Book by Terrence McNally | Music by Marc Shaiman |
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture (2002) and the autobiography by Frank Abagnale, Jr. (1980)
Directed by: Mark BrinerDirector: Mark Briner
Music Director: Julie Ann Hawk
Choreographer: Becca Vourvoulas
Stage Manager: John Nunemaker
The season of intrigue continues with a musical comedy about chasing your dreams…and not getting caught! Catch Me If You Can is a high-flying criminal caper based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it. A teenager named Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when this globe-trotting con artist catches the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, the two forge an unlikely friendship and discover a surprising way to work together. Filled with jazzy music, high-energy dance numbers, and a riveting story, this big, bright new musical was created by a Tony Award-winning “dream team”, with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
Director: Mark Briner
Mark Briner is ecstatic to make his directorial debut in such an exciting show at ASGT. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, where he helped establish the student performing group the JHU Barnstormers, Mark has been active in community, regional, and dinner theatre in various capacities as an accomplished performer, director, costume and set designer, and producer, with many awards in these categories to his name.
His directorial credits include such varied pieces as Chess, Altar Boyz, Evita, Once on This Island, She Loves Me, Fool for Love, Vanities, and Dreamgirls which was produced with a grant from Dreamworks Studios and named Best Musical of 2006 in numerous awards throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. His costume designs encompass a vast body of work from the above shows as well as Hairspray, Spamalot, The Civil War, The Wedding Singer, Beehive, Ain't Misbehavin', and The Life.
A few of Mark's favorite roles as a performer include Corny Collins in Hairspray, Sir Robin in Spamalot, Captain Walker in The Who’s Tommy, Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Lumière in Beauty & the Beast, Rooster Hannigan in Annie, the Union Captain in The Civil War, Josh Baskin in Big, and Jojo the sleazy street hustler in The Life.
An active proponent of the arts, Mark serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Tidewater Players, the Children's Playhouse of Maryland, and is an inaugural founding board member of Winters Lane Productions.
August 6-September 6, 2015
Director: Debbie Barber-Eaton
Assistant Director: Jason Vellon
Music Director: David Merrill
Choreographer: Jamie Miller
Stage Manager: Rachel Ironmonger
We can't reveal the name of our final show yet, but we can tell you this: it's creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky...and hilarious fun!
Debbie Barber-Eaton is no stranger to ASGT, having worked onstage and off as a performer, director, even spot light operator. She holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Catholic University and studied the genre of cabaret at Yale. Debbie taught acting at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for 15 years. She has worked as a performer and director in local and regional theatre and has directed productions for Dignity Players, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Chesapeake Music Hall, Colonial Players, and Standing O Productions. ASGT directing credits include Good News! and On the Town. Onstage at ASGT, she has portrayed Mama Morton (Chicago), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Pistache (Can Can), and Adelaide (Guys and Dolls). Debbie previously served on ASGT's Board of Directors as Vice President and Membership Chair.
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Photo by Bud Johnson for The Baltimore Sun
Photo by Bud Johnson for The Baltimore Sun