"Perfect strangers" no longer!
Broadway veteran Erin Davie (Grey Gardens) will join Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood as the virginial (and potentially deadly) Rosa Bud beginning February 12. The actress replaces Betsy Wolfe, who departs the company on February 10 to star in Second Stage Theatre's revival of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years.
Davie's Broadway credits include A Little Night Music and Curtains, with off-Broadway appearances in The Glorious Ones and Applause. She has also been seen on regional stages in Swing!, Guys and Dolls, A Time to Kill, Camelot, The Apple Tree, and more.
Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis (Harvey) directs the Drood revival, which officially opened at Studio 54 on November 13. The musical whodunit, featuring a Tony Award winning book and score by Rupert Holmes, is inspired by the unfinished novel of the same title by Charles Dickens. The stage version follows a group of English music hall actors as they present their version of Dickens' story, with the audience determining the title character's murderer, the identity of a mysterious detective, and two characters who will become lovers. (Everyone is a suspect.)
Tony Award-winners Chita Rivera (Chicago) and Jim Norton (The Seafarer) lead the company as The Princess Puffer and The Chairman, respectively, with Stephanie J. Block (The Boy From Oz) as Edwin Drood, Will Chase (High Fidelity) as John Jasper, Jessie Mueller (Into the Woods) as Helena Landless, Andy Karl (Legally Blonde) as Neville Landless, Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town) as the Reverend Mr. Crisparkle, Robert Creighton (Anything Goes) as Durdles, Peter Benson (The Pajama Game) as Bazzard, and Nicholas Barasch (West Side Story) as Deputy. The ensemble includes Alison Cimmet, Nick Corley, Janine DiVita, Jenifer Foote, Justin Greer, Shannon Lewis, Spencer Plachy, Kiira Schmidt, Eric Sciotto, Jim Walton, and Cody Williams.
Warren Carlyle (choreographer), Paul Gemignani (musical director), Anna Louizos (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Brian Nason (lighting), and Tony Meola (sound) round out the show's creative team.