Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Broadway Boys: Mr. September 2013: A Time to Kill's Rupert Holmes

Mr. September 2013
Rupert Holmes

WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: Let's face it, the past couple of years have been pretty good for Rupert Holmes in terms of theatre.  Last season, he had one of the most acclaimed revivals in years with the Roundabout production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  This season, he's adapted one of the most popular and acclaimed American novels of the late 20th Century into a stage play featuring an all-star cast, with John Grisham's A Time to Kill.  The there is his "pipeline." The Nutty Professor with the late Marvin Hamlisch, Secondhand Lions with  First Date's Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and still possible First Wives Club, Marty, Robin and the 7 Hoods.  That is quite a lot to look forward to!  Not one to rest on his laurels, the 5 time Tony nominee (2 for Drood, 1 for Say Goodnight, Gracie, and 2 for Curtains) is clearly one busy guy.  No wonder he's the first playwright and composer/lyricist to be Mr. Broadway.


  • Rupert was born in Norwich, Cheshire, UK, but is an American and British citizen.
  • He has three children - Wendy (who passed away in 1986), Nick and Timothy, with his wife, childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth.
  • He's written songs for Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton and The Partridge Family and has also been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Jr., The Jetts and Britney Spears.
  • Several of his songs are included in the classic Barbra Streisand film, A Star is Born.

  • He has written for not only the stage, but for television, too, including the acclaimed series Remember WENN, and he is an award-wining author of such novels as Swing, Where the Truth Lies and The McMaster's Guide to Homicide: Kill Your Employer.
  • He is probably most famous himself to the public at large for his two top 10 songs, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" and "Him."




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