My Dear Watson Receives backing from the Conan Doyle Estate
My Dear Watson, a Sherlock Holmes musical written by Orlando area composer Jami-Leigh Bartschi, has been named an official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival and will make its New York City debut in July. The production will be funded in part by The Conan Doyle Estate, the family estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories from 1887 to 1927.
“The Conan Doyle Estate's main aim is to have the voice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle heard by modern audiences. I am sure my great uncle would have been delighted that his family, through the Conan Doyle Estate, is supporting My Dear Watson. His passion for innovation and the arts is beautifully represented by Jami-Leigh Bartschi.”
~ Richard Doyle, Director, Conan Doyle Estate
My Dear Watson is set in the original period of the late nineteenth century. It combines quotes, characters, and plot elements of several original Conan Doyle stories, including “A Study in Scarlet,” “The Valley of Fear,” “The Three Garridebs” and “The Final Problem,” all tied together in an original way. This allows the audience to be taken all the way from Holmes and Watson's initial introduction to the showdown with Moriarty in only a couple of hours.
John DiDonna, a 25-year veteran of Orlando theater who successfully helmed the show’s professional debut at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center last year, returns to direct this production along with many of the Central Florida cast members. His company, Empty Spaces, is known for the eclectic perennial favorite Phantasmagoria and many other productions both original and familiar. DiDonna and Empty Spaces are deeply involved in local theater events, including The Red Chair Affair, the Orlando Fringe Festival, and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival Intern Program.
Jami-Leigh Bartschi is a music educator, playwright, musical director, and composer, originally from Milford, Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from Rollins College. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, and she has accompanied and musical directed numerous productions, including West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Cinderella, among others. She lives with her husband in Longwood, Florida.
My Dear Watson is slated to play at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in midtown Manhattan in July. Dates and show times will be announced soon at NYMF.org, where passes are available now.
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