History Theatre / Drood

10th May '16 2:23:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SpiltPersonality: John Jasper.

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* SpiltPersonality: SplitPersonality: John Jasper.
1st May '16 4:51:35 PM SpectralTime
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* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Played with, as the musical in question is technically adapting an unfinished work.
* AudienceParticipation: Encouraged at multiple points, and vital to selecting which of the MultipleEndings the cast goes with.
1st May '16 4:38:03 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* AudienceParticipation
* AuthorExistenceFailure

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* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Pretty much Bazzard's whole shtick.

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* CutSong: The song lineup has been shaken up quite a bit over the years. Depending on the production, you may hear either "Ceylon" or "A British Subject" (though the 2012 Broadway run combines them!); "Settling Up the Score" or "A Private Investigation"; and "An English Music Hall", "England Reigns", or neither. And there are even more songs cut during the rehearsal process, which you can get a tantalizing glimpse of [[http://catalog.nypl.org/search/o316210320 here]]. Of the five phantom numbers listed there, it's easy to see why Deputy's "When the Wicked Man Comes", Durdles' "I Wouldn't Say No", and "Sapsea's Song" would have been dropped for dragging the show on too long, but a tear must be shed for the tender Crisparkle-Rosa duet "Evensong" (fortunately recorded on the 1994 CutSong compilation album "Lost in Boston") and the group number "When Shall These Three Meet Again?" (which survives only as a bridge verse in several murderers' confessions, depending on the version).



* FakeNationality: Outside the ShowWithinAShow, the actors clearly have no idea what people from Ceylon are like, and hence, geographically untraceable accents!
2nd Jul '15 1:11:46 PM SpectralTime
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* CastAsAMask: The same actress plays both Drood and Dick Datchery. However, the actors vote that Drood is in fact really dead, so they can't actually be the same person.

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* CastAsAMask: The same actress plays both Drood and the initial Dick Datchery. Datchery, because, in-universe, she's contracted to appear in both acts. However, the actors "actors" always vote that Drood is in fact really dead, so they can't actually be the same person.person by the end of the act.



* CuttingOffTheBranches: The actors raise and discuss the possibility that Drood is, for whatever reason, NotQuiteDead. However, it is always the question the "actors" themselves get to vote on, and they always vote that he's dead because his [[CrosscastRole actress]] is an obnoxious prima-donna, and she storms out in a huff. Out-of-universe, this is a way to keep the MultipleEndings at manageable levels.

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* CuttingOffTheBranches: The actors raise cast raises and discuss discusses the possibility that Drood is, for whatever reason, NotQuiteDead. However, it is always the question the "actors" themselves get to vote on, and they always vote that he's dead because his [[CrosscastRole actress]] is an obnoxious prima-donna, and she storms out in a huff. Out-of-universe, this is a way to keep the MultipleEndings at manageable levels.


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* FramingDevice: The audience isn't just watching a production of the play, ''Drood'', but also the actors in a Victorian music hall ''performing'' the production. This leads to some interesting moments when the "actors" break character.
* GainaxEnding: The ''final'' musical number of the night is always the same, and it completely contradicts the established events of the play ''and'' the FramingDevice. But, it is still happy and upbeat, so there's that.


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* NotQuiteDead: Discussed by the cast, but dismissed as a possibility. Not for any reasons of undermining drama or fidelity to the information in the text, mind, but because Drood's [[CrossCastRole actress]] is an insufferable prima donna, and they want to take her down a peg by voting her dead with the one decision ''they'' get to make. [[spoiler: Then, in the GainaxEnding, Drood turns out to be fine.]]
20th Jun '15 9:56:06 PM SpectralTime
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* CuttingOffTheBranches: The actors raise and discuss the possibility that Drood is, for whatever reason, NotQuiteDead. However, it is always the question the "actors" themselves get to vote on, and they always vote that he's dead because his [[CrosscastRole actress]] is an obnoxious prima-donna, and she storms out in a huff. Out-of-universe, this is a way to keep the MultipleEndings at manageable levels.



* MultipleEndings

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* MultipleEndingsMultipleEndings: Selected by audience participation. [[spoiler: Then subverted: after an entire series of choices made by the audience, the ''final'' ending is always the same.]]


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* {{Postmodernism}}: The play is a play-within-a-play with a FramingDevice involving a period music hall whose cast strangely mirrors their characters in many ways, features frequent digressions and discussions about the source material and [[LampshadeHanging its occasional faults and flaws as a story]], and puts most of the outcome in the [[AudienceParticipation hands of the audience]]. Then, it finally concludes with a bizarre but happy ending that flies in the face of the events of both the play ''and'' the play-within-a-play.
6th Dec '14 9:25:03 PM Beelzebibble
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* MotiveRant: Naturally, each of the confessions is a musical version of this. (Though it's comically avoided by Durdles, who himself recognizes how baffling it would be for him to have any prior motive to murder Drood, and outright [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] to declare that he's only a murderer because the audience voted him so.)
2nd Dec '13 5:35:57 PM ForMagic
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* ClearMyName: If Neville is elected as Datchery.

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* ClearMyName: If Neville is elected as Neville's motivation if he's Datchery.
2nd Dec '13 9:26:05 AM ForMagic
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* ClearMyName: If Neville is elected as Datchery.
23rd Jun '13 9:20:41 PM POB
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* MeaningfulName: How appropriate that the show-within-a-show's fishes out of water are named Landless.
1st Jun '13 8:16:25 PM asgardreid
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** "Two Kinsmen" and "Ceylon"/"A British Subject" count as We Are Songs for Jasper & Drood and Neville & Helena, respectively.

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** "Two Kinsmen" and "Ceylon"/"A British Subject" count as We Are Songs for Jasper & Drood and Neville & Helena, respectively. You could also say "Ceylon" is simultaneously Drood's IWantSong.
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