Broadway Training Center of Westchester to Present “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” March 31-April 2 in Hastings-on-Hudson

Local Production Will Feature BTC’s  Award-Winning Senior Ensemble, an invite-only performance program for students grades 9-12, from throughout Westchester.

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY, March 10, 2023 – Broadway Training Center of Westchester (BTC), one of the region’s premier performing arts schools, will present “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” March 31 through April 2 at Hastings High School in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. The show will feature BTC’s award-winning Senior Ensemble consisting of advanced students (grades 9-12) from throughout Westchester.

Rupert Holmes’ musical creation The Mystery of Edwin Drood won Broadway’s highest honor, the Tony Award for Best Musical, and had a critically-acclaimed Broadway revival in 2012-2013. For Edwin Drood, Holmes was the first person in theatrical history to solely win Tony awards for Best Music, Best Lyrics, and Best Book of a Musical. The original Broadway production was produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, producer. Matt Windman of am New York touted it as “One of the most inventive, inspired and rousing musicals ever devised.”

Charles Dickens died while writing his final novel, leaving behind not a clue of how to solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  A play within a play, this hilarious and high-spirited show has the audience choose the ending!  The Detective, Murderer, and Lovers are voted on at every performance, making each show unique. Come multiple times to see the different ways this mystery can play out.  It’s an adventure for the cast and audience alike! Frank Rich, The New York Time,  said, “Spontaneous fun… the company and audience become united, as intended, in the joy of theatrical invention.”

With a faculty and production team of working professionals who have performed on Broadway and other top venues, BTC is well known for its high-quality productions and high-impact youth education work. The performance program, Ensemble, is BTC’s most intensive offering. It requires a rigorous rehearsal schedule, plus a yearlong commitment to technique courses in two of the three core disciplines of acting, dance, or voice.   The program is by Entrance Interview and Placement Audition, functioning as conservatory-style training in the most nurturing and professional environment.

For fifteen consecutive years, the school and its students have won over 90 National Youth Arts Awards, including Outstanding Ensemble! In addition, Westchester Magazine has lauded “BTC theater classes as the best in Southern Westchester.” Westchester Family has named it “Best Children’s Theater Company,” and BroadwayWorld dubbed BTC the Best Dance Studio of The Decade!”

Arts Editors and Reporters: Please call 914-478-7065 to arrange for press passes or an interview with one of the artistic directors. Additional photos and video available on request.

About Broadway Training Center

Broadway Training Center of Westchester is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate and empower artists and audiences.

At BTC, we see theatre as a vehicle for personal development. We strive to offer the most professional training in the most nurturing environment to bring out the best qualities of an individual: honesty, responsibility, commitment, collaboration, imagination, and generosity.

Our goal is to create a place where each student can enter without fear, and be welcomed with love from everyone within. As teaching artists, we strive to help raise a generation who understands that we all have responsibility to each other, and that we can only succeed together.

Broadway Training Center of Westchester was recently awarded Best Theatre Classes in Southern Westchester by Westchester Magazine. This premier performing arts school provides year-long training programs in Acting, Voice, Dance, and Performance Ensembles for grades K-12 and adults. No experience is necessary at any age; just a desire to learn, work hard, and have fun in the process. Our faculty is comprised of established industry professionals who focus on the joy of accomplishment and the enrichment of personal expression through classroom and performance work.