Last September, my wife Katie made the local television news when her show Brightstar at Lyric Arts Theater was featured in a Coon Rapids newscast.

Now, the latest show she'll star in The Mystery of Edwin Drood has earned a mention and recommendation by national food/drink/entertainment publication Thrillist. In a recent article titled Check Out These Twin Cities Exhibits and Shows Before They Disappear, Thrillist includes Drood in a list of art exhibits, science exhibits, dramas, comedies and musicals that Minnesotans should see while they have the opportunity.

"You probably know a certain author named Charles Dickens for his famous novels like A Christmas Carol or Oliver Twist, both of which have been turned into hit musicals," the feature reads. "But did you know about his last work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood? Because the novel was never finished (Dickens died while writing it), the musical lets the audience choose who they think killed Edwin Drood, giving every performance a completely different ending."

If the musical sounds a lot like the board game Clue, that's because it is.

Notably, Drood was written by Rupert Holmes (yes, the "Escape [The Pina Colada Song]" guy) and is the first Broadway musical to ever have multiple endings. It's also a metatheatrical piece -- in other words, a show within a show where characters play other characters. My wife, for instance, will play both a woman named Miss Alice Nutting and the show's namesake character himself Edwin Drood.

Based on what my wife has told me so far, I think this is going to be a really fun musical, and I can't wait to see it. In fact, because each night's ending will be different, I'll probably go multiple times! I think audiences are going to enjoy it, too, and highly recommend making the drive to Mainstreet Anoka. Lyric Arts has a fantastic reputation and place within the Twin Cities arts and theater community; my wife has loved acting there for the past several years, and I've enjoyed every show I've seen.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood runs March 13-April 5, and I wouldn't be surprised if it sells out. Book your tickets before they're gone here!

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