THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Rupert Holmes (Video)

By Playbill Staff
February 24, 2013

Rupert Holmes may be best known to Broadway fans for The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Curtains, but the prolific writer is also an accomplished pop songwriter, with hits including "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)," "Answering Machine" and "Him."



Playbill.com is celebrating Holmes' Feb. 24 birthday with a collection of material from Drood and his pop career. If you don't know his early work – give the songs a listen!

Holmes, who took home 1986 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Original Score for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, was also Tony-nominated for the book and score of Curtains. His other Broadway credits include Solitary Confinement and Say Goodnight, Gracie, among others.

Visit his page at the Playbill Vault.

Read Playbill.com's recent feature with Holmes, about Drood and his pop songwriting career.

*

"Him."

Barbra Streisand covers Widescreen.

"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)."

Barbra Streisand sings "Moonfall" from Drood.

"Answering Machine."

"You Got It All."

"The O'Brien Girl."

"I Don't Want to Get Over You."

The original cast of Drood performs on the Tony Awards.

Highlights from the original London production of Drood.


The 2012 West End revival of Drood.

The 2012 Roundabout Theatre Company revival commercial.

 The original 1985 cast of Drood offers their own commercial.

A fantastic 1980's pop video version of "Don't Quit While You're Ahead" featuring Holmes himself, as well as members of the original cast.

 Playbill.com's interviews with the Roundabout Theatre Company revival cast as they prepare to shoot their own commercial.

Playbill.com's highlights from the acclaimed Broadway revival of Drood.

 

The cast of Curtain performs at the Tony Awards:

The commercial for Curtains:

Curtains performs at Broadway in Bryant Park:

Vanessa Williams performs "Over the Moon" by Holmes:

Howard McGillan sings "A Man Could Go Quite Mad":

The cast of Edwin Drood records the album:

Playbill Video chats with the cast of Drood: