Rupert Holmes Part Two
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Holmes made his professional debut as a playwright with the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, later known as Drood, in 1985. He was encouraged to write a musical by Joseph Papp and his wife after they attended one of Holmes‘s cabarets in 1983. The result, loosely based on the Charles Dickens unfinished novel, and inspired by Holmes‘s memories of English pantomime shows he attended as a child, was a hit in New York‘s Central Park and on Broadway. Because Dickens left the novel unfinished at his death, Holmes employed the unusual device of providing alternate endings for each character who is suspected of the murder, and letting the audience vote on a different murderer each night. The show earned Holmes the Tony Award for both book and score, as well as the Drama Desk Awards for lyrics, music, the book and orchestrations, among various other honors. The musical has been given London andBroadway revivals, among others. The success of Drood would lead Holmes to write other plays (both musical and non–) in later years, though he has stated that he avoided musical theater for some time after the death of his daughter.
Holmes also wrote the Tony Award-nominated (“ Best Play 2003“) Say Goodnight, Gracie, based on the relationship between George Burns and Gracie Allen. The play, which starred Frank Gorshin, was that Broadway season‘s longest running play and the third longest-running solo-performance show in Broadway history. He wrote the comedy-thriller Accomplice in 1990, which was the second of Holmes‘s plays to receive an Edgar Award (following Drood). Holmes has written a number of other shows, including Solitary Confinement, which played on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre in 1992 and set a new Kennedy Center box office record before itsBroadway run; Thumbs, the most successful play in the history of the Helen Hayes Theatre Company; and the musical Marty (2002 ), starring John C. Reilly. He wrote the book to Swango: The Theatrical Dance Experience, a swing-tango dance piece that premiered Off-Broadway in 2002 inspired by Romeo and Juliet. It has had several revivals. Holmes joined the creative team of the musical Curtains after the deaths of both Peter Stone (the original book-writer) and Fred Ebb (the lyricist). Holmes rewrote Stone‘s original book and contributed additional lyrics to the Kander and Ebb songs. Curtains played at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway, and David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk starred in the lead roles. Holmes and Peter Stone (posthumously) won the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for Curtains.
Holmes wrote the book of the musical The First Wives‘ Club, adapted from the film of the same name. The musical premiered at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, California in 2009. Its score is by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The production received generally unenthusiastic reviews but sold well. A new book was written by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and there worked show opened in Chicago in 2015. Holmes next wrote the book for a jukebox musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods, inspired by the 1964 film of the same name starring Frank Sinatra, with a new story line that Holmes set in the Mad Men era of 1962. Songs are by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, including “My Kind of Town“. A production ran in 2010, also at the Old Globe. Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed. The story is about a likable gangster hoping to get out of thecrime business. A do-gooding TV reporter likens him to a modern-day Robin Hood.
Holmes adapted the John Grisham novel and film of A Time to Kill for the stage. The play premiered at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC, in 2011. The courtroom drama, set against a background of evolving 1980s Southern racial politics, was called “funny, shocking, witty, and sly“. He wrote the book and lyrics for The Nutty Professor, a musical based on the 1963 film of the same name. Marvin Hamlisch wrote the score. The musical was directed by Jerry Lewis and premiered in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2012. With Hamlisch, he also wrote songs for the 2013 Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. He next wrote the book of Secondhand Lions: A New Musical, which premiered in Seattle, Washington, in 2013. A Time to Kill was produced on Broadway, but lasted only four weeks plus previews, closing on November 17, 2013.
Television Writer And Novelist
In 1996, Holmes created the television series Remember WENN for American Movie Classics, writing the theme song and all 56 episodes of that series. In 2003, he published his first novel, Where the Truth Lies (later adapted into a film of the same name by Atom Egoyan), followed in 2005 by Swing, a multimedia release combining a novel with a music CD providing clues to the mystery. He is working on another novel, The McMasters Guide to Homicide: Murder Your Employer.
Does not include others‘ collections or albums released without Holmes‘s participation:
Widescreen. 1974 (Epic: KE 32864 or AL 32864).
Rupert Holmes. 1975 (Epic: KE33443).
Singles. 1976 (Epic: 34288).
Pursuit of Happiness. 1978 (Private Stock/MCA: MCA 3241).
Partners in Crime. 1979 (Infinity/MCA: INF 9020).
Adventure. 1980 (MCA: 5129).
Full Circle. 1981 (Elektra: P-11086E).
Scenario. 1994 (Victor: VICP-5469).
Epoch Collection. 1994 (Varese Sarabande: VSD-5520).
Widescreen (Re-Issue). 1995 (Varese Sarabande: VSD-5545).
The Best of Rupert Holmes. 1998 (Half Moon/Universal: HMNCD 037).
Rupert Holmes/ Greatest Hits. 2000 (Hip-O/ Universal: 314 541 557 -2).
Widescreen— The Collector‘s Edition. 2001 (Fynsworth Alley: 302 062 1162) (witheleven cuts not previously released).
Cast of Characters— The Rupert Holmes Songbook. 2005 (Hip-O Select/Universal:B0004263-02) [Box set with previously unreleased tracks.] The Mystery of EdwinDrood. Original Broadway Cast Recording. Polygram.
Holmes also wrote and co-produced, and was a keyboardist on, the songs on thedisco album Shobizz, released in 1979 by Capitol Records. He also featured as avocalist on the 1983 album Lake Freeze – The Raccoons Songtrack by The Raccoons.
Year Single Album .
1974 “Terminal“ Widescreen.
1974 “Talk“ Widescreen.
1974 “Our National Pastime“ Widescreen.
1975 “I Don’t Want To Hold Your Hand“ Rupert Holmes.
1975 “Deco Lady“ Rupert Holmes.
1976 “Weekend Lover“ Singles.
1976 “Who, What, When, Where, Why“ Singles.
1978 “Bedside Companions“ Pursuit of Happiness.
1978 “Let‘s Get Crazy Tonight“ Pursuit of Happiness.
1979 “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)“ Partners in Crime.
1980 “Him“ “Answering Machine“ Partners in Crime.
1980 “Morning Man“ Partners in Crime.
1981 “Blackjack“ Adventure.
1981 “I Don’t Need You“ Adventure.
1981 “Loved By The One You Love“ Full Circle.
1982 “The End“ Full Circle.
Holmes Other Works
Drood ( originally The Mystery of Edwin Drood).
The Hamburger Hamlet.
Say Goodnight, Gracie.
A Time to Kill.
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The First Wives‘ Club.
Robin and the 7 Hoods.
The Nutty Professor.
Secondhand Lions: A New Musical.
Film And Television Projects
Hi Honey I‘m Home.
No Small Affair.
Five Savage Men.
A Star Is Born.
Art in Heaven.
The Christmas Raccoons ( voice).
Where the Truth Lies.
The McMasters Guide to Homicide: Murder Your Employer.