Fountain Hills Theater announced that for their upcoming production the multiple Tony and Edgar award-winning author of “Solitary Confinement,” Rupert Holmes, will be updating his clever thriller exclusively for the theater.
According to a press release, when the theater first contacted Holmes for the rights to produce his extremely unique play, he conveyed that he’d long wanted to revise his script for the present day. Fountain Hills Theater is the first theater to present Holmes’ 2022 adaptation of his Broadway comedy/thriller.
As explained in the release, the story follows eccentric billionaire Richard Jannings when he discovers that someone is trying to murder him in his high rise, security-controlled penthouse. It becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse between the paranoid Jannings and the mysterious would-be assassin.
This wildly unique murder mystery by Rupert Holmes becomes a thrilling and funny whodunit, the release stated. The brilliance of this story will challenge your imagination and powers of deduction — every time you think you’ve figured out the story, it twists and turns, upending your perceptions and reshaping Jannings’ fate.
In addition to “Solitary Confinement,” the play’s author, Holmes is best known for penning many popular songs recorded by Barbra Streisand and others and broke into the popular music scene with his performance of "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," the release explained.
Holmes is the first person in theatrical history to singly win Tony awards as a playwright, a lyricist, and a composer. According to the release, he has won identical honors from the New York Drama Desk, with a fourth award in their additional category for his orchestrations.
His works for Broadway include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which won the Tony award for best musical and had a critically-acclaimed Broadway revival by the Roundabout Theatre Company in 2012 and 2013. His script for “Curtains,” with a score by the team of Kander and Ebb, won Holmes an additional Drama Desk award for best book while receiving two further Tony nominations for book and lyrics.
“Solitary Confinement” is directed by David Barker and stars Ben Tyler, Brad Erhardt, Norman Jurgens, Andre Montaigne, Ian North, Terence Yates-Lowndes and Eliza Redmond. The show is presented through special arrangement with Rupert Holmes and The Holmes Line of Music, the release explained.
“Solitary Confinement” will play Aug. 19 through Sept. 4 at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under. Senior, veteran, group and youth/student discounts are available.
Tickets are available through the theater box office at 480-837-9661, ext. 3 or by visiting fhtaz.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For additional information, call Fountain Hills Theater artistic director Peter J. Hill at 480-837-9661, ext. 7.
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