Choose Ending for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Warren Houghteling as John Jasper and Christina Martos as Rosa Bud in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood.’ Photo by Patrick M. Kelly
Durdles, Deputy, and Chairman singing ‘Off to the Races!’ (Patrick Webb, Nora Cullinan, John Cullinan in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood.’) Photo by Patrick M. Kelly
LALO News:

Audiences for the Los Alamos Light Opera production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood have a most important role: they get to vote on how the show will end!

Loosely based on an unfinished mystery by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a musical by Rupert Holmes, is set in the Music Hall Royale in London, UK. Chairman William Cartwright and his zany company of Victorian players have devised a musical rendition of the story that invites audience participation at every step. Since Dickens was so rude as to die before finishing his story, the company has rehearsed multiple endings for the audience to vote on during the second act.

The story features John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood. Also in love with Rosa Bud is the unpredictable foreigner, Mr. Neville Landless, who is accompanied by his tempestuous twin sister, Helena.

Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve—but has Edwin Drood been murdered? If so, then whodunnit? Was it the drunken town stonemason, a specimen known as Durdles? Or could it have been the good Reverend Crisparkle, an Anglican with a past? Or even his overlooked assistant, Bazzard? And what about the infamous and mysterious Princess Puffer? These are just a few of the possibilities the audience will consider as this play-within-a-play comes to a hilariously madcap conclusion that is different every night!

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-12 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. There is a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They are available online at or at the door.

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