Based on the unfinished Charles Dickens' novel, this detective story of murder, love, and sleepy town opium dens has tantalized readers for ages. This musical version, written by Rupert Holmes (who also had a #1 pop hit with Escape-The Piña Colada Song), won Tony awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical Score.
This musical weaves together popular swing, jazz, blues, and bebop of the 1930’s and 40’s in a review that moves from the Great Depression into the post-World War II boom. Filled with standards from The American Songbook, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael, and Duke Ellington (amongst many others) are featured.
Lynn Nottage’s play enters the heart of working-class America, exploring the effects the loss of heavy industry and the changing ethnic composition of Reading, PA has on two friends. This deep examination of race, economics, and the human condition during the 2016 presidential election ramp up was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017.