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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Theatre Raleigh collaborates on a new version of this Tony-award winning musical with the original composer and writer, Rupert Holmes. At the hit musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, you finish the story Charles Dickens didn’t! It’s the only show in town that ends differently every night, depending on what the audience decides.

Based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood tells the story of a young Englishman whose sudden disappearance throws the fictional townspeople of Cloisterham into a panic. Suspicions arise about who is responsible for Drood’s vanishing, with fingers pointing every which way. Could it be the dashing but villainous John Jasper? Drood’s fiancée Rosa Bud? Opium den proprietress Princess Puffer? Maybe mysterious siblings Helena and Neville Landless? As the investigation pushes forward, everyone who came into contact with the young Drood joins the lineup of suspects.


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All My Sons

The classic play that established Arthur Miller as a playwright of note and navigates post-war America through the lens of two neighboring families. Miller took his inspiration from a true story about a successful businessman who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II with tragic consequences. The truth comes out and his life unravels when his son prepares to marry his business partner’s daughter.




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The Light in the Piazza

Be transported to the streets of Florence and Rome with this musical love story with North Carolina connections, performed among the art of the West Building at the NC Museum of Art!

It’s the summer of 1953 and Margaret Johnson, the wife of a well-heeled American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara, a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman, loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio.

Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As the story unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well.


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The well-known movie was based on this stage play, and it has all the great lines and characters you know and love. Alternately hilarious and touching, this Southern contemporary classic is not to be missed!

Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher; local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux; intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn; and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications.


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Talk about the right place at the right time! Listen in as four of the biggest names in music – Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley – jam together when they all happen to be at the Sun Records studio on the same day.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll,” in Memphis for what would be one of the most electrifying jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings the heart and soul of that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of excitement and passion, featuring 21 timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Fever,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio to experience a monumental night of rock and roll that explodes off the stage. It’s the most fun you’ll have all year.