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“A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK! Mr. Holmes’s rich pudding of a score is skillful, perfumed with real affection, and pleasurably timeless...shimmering musical pleasure to savor!”
—Christopher Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“An inspired revival cast with a dream team of theater talent! Holmes knack for wordplay is evident from the very first number. Inordinately fun!!”
—Phillip Boroff, BLOOMBERG NEWS
“BEST OF THE YEAR: The fun is infectious and injects some much-appreciated hilarity into the Broadway season!”
—Ronni Reich, THE STAR LEDGER
“UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES OF THE YEAR: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I've always been a fan of the show and this revival is delish!!”
—Seth Rudetsky, PLAYBILL.COM
“Holmes' varied tunes range from the haunting ballad "Moonfall" to the jaunty patter song "Both Sides of the Coin." That you may leave the theater humming one of them is no mystery at all!”
—Don Bacalzo, THEATREMANIA.COM
“Cajoles the audience into a state of happy delirium!
Delectable!”
—Christopher Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Holmes' score, its intricate harmonies, those orchestrations are among my favorites! It's a joy to be swept up in the atmospheric production that Holmes dreamed up and director Ellis delivers!”
—Adam Hetrick, PLAYBILL.COM
“With jaunty book, lyrics and music by Rupert Holmes (we're still humming "Don't Quit While You're Ahead" and "Perfect Strangers") it's about the most fun you can have!”
—David Rosenberg, THEHOUR.COM
“The book by Holmes, who wrote the wistful melodic score and exceptionally witty lyrics is delightfully convoluted. Very rarely does everything click so perfectly in a show!”
—Joseph Cervelli, NorthJersey.com
“NO MYSTERY! An infectious good time with
stars, zest and stellar escapist material!”
—Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“This richly diverting and delightful entertainment
inventively couched by composer-lyricist-author Holmes
is great cheeky fun!!”
—Mischa Berson, THE SEATTLE TIMES
“Don't be surprised if you find yourself
cheering out loud by the end! Like a zippy eggnog,
EDWIN DROOD urges us to loosen our inhibitions!!”
—Elyse Gardner, USA TODAY
“THE FUN IS INFECTIOUS!
No matter who gets the most votes,
EVERYONE WINS!”
—Mark Kennedy, A.P.
“Rupert Holmes' unconventional musical is a diverting and exuberant romp! From the first downbeat, this DROOD is indeed 'Off To the Races!!'”
—Steve Suskin, VARIETY
“The only musical of any vintage I could heartily recommend this year is the Roundabout Theater's affectionate revival of
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD.”
—Christopher Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Top of my recommendation list is the Roundabout's delightful revival of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Don't miss out on the fun!”
—Michael Reidel, NEW YORK POST
“A simply enchanting theatrical evening! The fun starts the moment one enters the theatre and continues through the audience vote and rousing finale!!”
—Andrew Gans, Senior Editor, PLAYBILL.COM
“Rupert Holmes sets up the mystery beautifully and then provides the opportunity to choose the killer. How did a show this clever and entertaining take this long to be revived?”
—Carey Purcell, THE HUFFINGTON POST
“Holmes has as much fun with wordplay as foul play, and the cast is more dead set on entertaining than any show currently running on Broadway!”
THE NEW YORKER
“Holmes’ frilly, frisky meta-Burlesque musical adds up to a perfectly diverting evening featuring an uncommonly fine assemblage of stage talent!”
—Scott Brown, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“At the end of Rupert Holmes’ marvelous diversion, you may be eager to return and see how the story ends next!”
—Adam Feldman, TIMEOUT MAGAZINE
“Rupert Holmes' EDWIN DROOD is one of the most
inventive, inspired and rousing musicals ever devised!
FOUR STARS OUT OF FOUR!!”
—Matt Windman, AM NEW YORK
“Mr. Holmes' rich pudding of a score is skillful, perfumed with real affection, and pleasurably timeless!
SHIMMERING MUSICAL PLEASURE TO SAVOR!”
—a NY Times Critics Pick, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A delightful score, ranging from rousing music-hall numbers to haunting ballads! Holmes’ musical embraces its audience in distinctively enjoyable ways!”
—Robert Feldberg, THE BERGEN RECORD
“An uncommonly clever idea and that famously extreme rarity: a hit musical whose book, music and lyrics were all written by the same person. For sheer fun, this show is hard to top!”
—Terry Teachout, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“A delightful revival of Rupert Holmes' cheery, cheeky musical combines RAUCOUS COMEDY and LUSH TUNES to create a festive atmosphere in which life is celebrated!”
—Elyse Gardner, USA TODAY
“As musical, choose-your-own-ending mystery,
and time-travel device,
'Edwin Drood' is JOLLY GOOD FUN!”
—Elisabeth Vincentelli, NEW YORK POST
“Rupert Holmes’ light-hearted, Tony-winning romp is a killer production that’s joyously performed and makes the most of Holmes’ winking book and wonderful score.”
—Joe Dziemianowicz, THE DAILY NEWS
 

The Nutty ProfessorA vibrantly told and visually stunning production offers plenty of laughs, but there’s also a whole lot of heart to be found in Rupert Holmes’ book and lyrics set tunefully to a classic Marvin Hamlisch score. The play’s message, one that will keep the show’s heart beating for years to come, artfully worms its way into the collective soul of the audience. [It’s] an homage to the very best of American musical theater without seeming at all derivative or redundant, entertaining in a way that makes some musical theater of recent vintage seem self-conscious. Nor is it going for the easy laugh. The humor is far more sophisticated than that.”


DON’T MISS IT!
This charming musical may just have found the formula for success on Broadway. Add a polished score from Marvin Hamlisch, clever book/lyrics by Rupert Holmes and JoAnn M. Hunter’s wildly imaginative choreography, and you may wonder why it’s taken so long for this “Professor” to find its way out of the laboratory!

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR COOKS UP A HIT! An absolute delight from start to finish, top to bottom and everywhere in-between! I loved this show. This one is a keeper!

DON’T MISS IT! Michael Andrew puts a modern, hilarious and quite endearing spin on this NUTTY PROFESSOR by Pulitzer Prize-winning Marvin Hamlisch with Tony Award-winning Rupert Holmes who wrote book and lyrics for this astonishing production.


 

 

Edwin Drood in London

Meanwhile in London, the highly-praised
Landor Theatre's production of
The Mystery of Edwin Drood moved to
the West End's Arts Theatre.

 

Rupert Holmes' Edgar award-winning Broadway comedy thriller Accomplice made its Chinese language world premiere in December at the spectacular Shanghai Grand Theatre. (The play has already been performed in Italian, Greek and Swedish translations in Rome, Turin, Athens and Stockholm.)

 
Shanghai Grand Theater

Vanessa Williams

The incomparable Vanessa Williams has recorded Rupert Holmes’ most recent composition “A Lullaby for Midnight” for the new Over the Moon CD and illustrated book, featuring new songs by some of Broadway’s brightest talents, sung by some of its most remarkable vocalists, illustrated by some of its finest artists. All proceeds go to charities dedicated to curing breast cancer. See Vanessa recording Rupert's song here.

                                    Over The MoonAvailable now -
                                       
Order here!


Barry Manilow


Barry Manilow's new CD and DVD release "Live in London"
features a new recording of the Rupert Holmes standard,
"Studio Musician" -- a long-time Manilow fan favorite.  

Watch here for significant news about the upcoming
Rupert Holmes-Alan Zachary-Michael Weiner musical based on the movie Secondhand Lions. Hear SMASH star Megan Hilty sing "You Have Brought
Me Love" and “The Fort Worth College of Court Reporting” and listen to “Sand” performed by Alan Zachary, from its score at the Kennedy Center.

 

Holmes’ Tony-nominated play Say Goodnight, Gracie
(winner of the National Broadway Theatre Award
for Best Play) concluded a sold-out revival
off-Broadway in January of 2012 and is currently on
its fourth national tour, now starring Joel Rooks.

 

Holmes’ Broadway musical Curtains (written with Broadway legends Kander
and Ebb), which earned Holmes the New York Drama Desk Award, is enjoying critical
acclaim here in United States and around the world.  Highlights include productions
at the Papermill Playhouse, Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars and also foreign language
productions in Japan, Germany and the Czech Republic!

Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes (songwriting team for the upcoming musical
based on Jerry Lewis’s classic film comedy The Nutty Professor) created a special production number for the Career Transition for Dancers 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee. The number (entitled "I'm Really Dancing") was performed by a once-in-a-lifetime cast that included Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Karen Ziemba, Charlotte d’Amboise,
Ann Reinking, Randy Skinner
and legend-among-legends Marge Champion.

Novels & Short Stories

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop

 

 


The best-selling mystery anthology Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop,
featuring Holmes’ novella “The Long Winter’s Nap” is now available in soft
cover edition from Vanguard Press.


His award-winning novels for Random House,
Where the Truth Lies
(made into a major motion picture starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon)
and Swing (reaching #24 of all books at Amazon.com) are now available in both Kindle Editions and iPad format.

 

  Novels: Where The Truth Lies & Swing

British Editions of Rupert Holmes' Novels


 

Holmes’ novels now have their own British editions, published by Alison and Busby in trade paperback and mass paperback editions. His first novel was deemed “brilliant” by the London Times and made their Book Group choice novel. Holmes’ second novel is also published under its alternate British title The Musician’s Daughter.

Other mystery anthologies featuring Holmes’ stories now available on Kindle include:

The Best American
Mystery Stories of 2008

Best American Mystery Stories


On a Raven’s Wing:
New Tales in Honor of
Edgar Allan Poe

On A Raven's Wing


Dead Man’s Hand (also
available in iPad format
)

Dead Man's Hand



Rupert's Bio

Contact RupertHolmes.com

Rupert Holmes Archive Site

Holmes' Edgar Award-Winning
ACCOMPLICE
draws raves in
Sydney, Australia
THE PAVILION THEATRE

Alan Safier in 
SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE
Tony Award nominated BEST PLAY
 Touring B'dway Award BEST PLAY
QUEENS THEATRE IN THE PARK
Sept 27-28

Streisand sings.
Holmes arranges & conducts.
"How Are Things in Glocca Morra
& The Heather on the Hill"
on Barbra's latest CD

Indiana University Theatre
presents
THE MYSTERY OF
EDWIN DROOD
Sept 26th - Oct 3rd

Holmes' Drama Desk Winner ! 
C U R T A I N S
Score by Kander & Ebb
WIG & BUCKLE THEATER CO.

Oct. 24 - Nov. 2

Colorado's Littleton High School 
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
2014-15 Musical Season!

EDWIN DROOD
at the historic 1893

Memorial Opera House
Valparaiso, Indiana

Oct 31st - Nov 16th

Rupert Holmes'
Triple Crown Tony Winner

THE MYSTERY OF
EDWIN DROOD

Maryland's Tred Avon Players

E.M. Pearson Theater
Concordia University
Department of Theatre and Dance

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Oct. 23 – Oct. 26 2014

New Mexico State University
Theatre Arts
presents Rupert Holmes' Tony award-winner
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Nov 21 - Dec 7

Kander-Ebb-Holmes'
C U R T A I N S
Mainstage at
Texas' Dupree Theater
Jan 24 - Feb 14, 2015
 

Kandor-Ebb-Holmes' CURTAINS
South Bay Musical Theatre, CA
Jan 24 - Feb 14, 2015
 

TONY AWARD BEST MUSICAL
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
begins April 3, 2015
SUNNYVALE THEATRE, CA

Drama Desk Winner
CURTAINS
Hillbarn Theatre, CA
May 7 - 31, 2015

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
RUSSEL HILL ROGERS THEATER
San Antonio, Texas

May 29 - June 21, 2015

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
May 28th - June 20th, 2015

Georgia's Marietta Players present
Holmes' Tony Award Winner
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Feb 13 – Feb 22, 2015

CAPE REP PLAYHOUSE
presents Rupert Holmes' Tony award-winner
The Mystery of
Edwin Drood

Kander-Ebb-Holmes'
CURTAINS
The Leary Theatre
Niagara University, NY

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at
The Richmond Civic Theatre
Apr 10th – Apr 19th 2015

Tyrone Community Players
Spring 2015
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

Riverdale Repertory Company
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Directed by Laurie Walton

Joel Rooks reprises his off-B'dway run
at The Bickford Playhouse
in Rupert Holmes'
SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE
Nat'l B'dway Theater Award BEST PLAY
Tony Award nom. BEST PLAY

SUTTON FOSTER
at The Cafe Carlyle
sings Holmes' 
"The People That
You Never Get To Love"

Rupert Holmes'
EDGAR AWARD-WINNING
COMEDY THRILLER
ACCOMPLICE
The Knock 'Em Dead Theatre
Boise, Idaho

Holmes' Drama Desk winner
CURTAINS
at the
Stage Door Repertory Theatre
Anaheim, California

University of Southern Maine
presents

THE MYSTERY OF
EDWIN DROOD

Kander-Ebb-Holmes'
CURTAINS
at WKU
Fine Arts Theatre
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kander-Ebb-Holmes'
CURTAINS
at Waukesha Civic Theatre
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Lees-McRae Performing Arts Center
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Broyhill Theatre
North Carolina

Manatee Performing Arts Center
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
"I found myself 
laughing and cheering!"
Jay Handelman, Herald-Tribune

Kander-Ebb-Holmes'
C  U  R  T  A  I  N  S
The Off-Broadstreet Theatre
Drama Desk Award to Holmes
BEST BOOK FOR A MUSICAL

Viterbo University
presents

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Rupert Holmes'
Edgar Award-winning
comedy-thriller

The Mystery
of Edwin Drood
critically-acclaimed
2012-2013 Broadway Revival
now downloadable
~~~~~

Congratulations to
R. Bruce Connelly
(SESAME STREET's own "Barkley")

for his tour de force performance
in Rupert Holmes' award-winning

SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE
 

Highlights from Roundabout's
acclaimed Broadway revival

Das Geheimnis des Edwin Drood
German language production
of Holmes' classic is
A TRIUMPH !

THE BBC MURDERS
by Agatha Christie
music & lyrics by Holmes
draws Miami Herald raves
at The Parker Playhouse

Alan Safier wins kudos in 
SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE
Tony Award nominated BEST PLAY
 Touring B'dway Award BEST PLAY

Kander-Ebb-Holmes'
CURTAINS
at the historic
Warner Theater
Torrington, CT.

THE MYSTERY OF
EDWIN DROOD

Rupert Holmes Archive Site
Where The Truth Lies Swing Where The Truth Lies Swing