All Classical Portland, in collaboration with Tigard's Broadway Rose Theatre Co., will broadcast "Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror," a radio drama that pairs a murder mystery with classical music.
The two-part series can be heard at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 6, on KQAC 89.9 FM in the Portland and Vancouver, Washington, areas or visit allclassical.org.
The play, written by Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom, premiered in New York City in 2002 and received a 2003 Edgar Allen Poe Award nomination for best play by the Mystery Writers of America. It includes musical arrangements by Matt Kovich.
Set in 1895 London, the performance "Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror" includes musical works by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Camille Saint-Saëns and more.
The production includes characters like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, taking listeners on a dramatic journey as they follow Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson's uncanny detective work as well as their triumphant success in solving the mystery.
Starring actors include Joe Theissen as Sherlock Holmes and Mike Dederian as Dr. Watson. It also stars Abrar Haque, Alec Cameron Lugo, Jennifer Davies, Kevin-Michael Moore, and Tom Slater.
Narrated by Edmund Stone, host of All Classical Portland's "The Score," musicians include David Saffert, piano; Raúl Gómez-Rojas, violin; and George Lopez, piano.
The production team includes Broadway Rose's Sharon Maroney, who serves as producing artistic director, and Broadway Rose's Dan Murphy as managing director.
"Broadway Rose is delighted to partner with All Classical Portland on our first venture into radio drama," said Maroney. "What an exciting opportunity for audiences to hear a theatrical telling of Sherlock Holmes."
For All Classical Portland, Sarah Zwinklis serves as lead radio producer, Matt Kovich is the music archivist and arranger with Suzanne Nance in the role of executive producer.
"We wanted to try something new at All Classical Portland that would gather our community around the radio at a time when we are craving connection. The idea of combining great music, mystery, and storytelling inspired us to bring the radio drama back," said Suzanne Nance, president and chief executive officer of All Classical Portland.
Encore broadcasts are set for 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.
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