Random Reads, a blog at Random House India, is doing a series about "forgotten" classics. This month, The Old Curiosity Shopis featured. It's odd to think of this one as "forgotten," when it was so immensely popular in its time -- but there's no doubt that tastes have changed since then. Makes you wonder which Dickens novels will be considered the best, and which will be "forgotten," in another century or so.
Broadway's Tony Award nominations were announced this morning, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood picked up five: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director (Scott Ellis), Best Leading Actress (Stephanie J. Block as Edwin), Best Featured Actor (Will Chase as Jasper), and Best Scenic Design (Anna Louizos). The winners will be announced June 9, in a live ceremony on CBS.
Drood also received seven Drama Desk nominations: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor (Jim Norton as the Chairman), Outstanding Actress (Block), Outstanding Featured Actor (Andy Karl as Neville), Outstanding Featured Actress (Jessie Mueller as Helena), Outstanding Set Design (Louizos), and Outstanding Sound Design (Tony Meola). The Drama Desk winners will be announced May 19.
The play A Perfect Likeness, which imagines a meeting between Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll, will premiere Thursday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Thanks to The Buzfuz for the tip.) Also, the new musical Peggoty's Boy, based on David Copperfield, will have its world premiere in Cheltenham, England, next Thursday.
It took me a long time to get up to New York City and see The Mystery of Edwin Drood (didn't make it till its closing weekend, in fact!), but it was so worth the wait. Done in old-fashioned English music-hall style, Drood was a brilliant, uproariously funny piece of theater. Full scoop and photos below the cut!