My Dear Watson, a Sherlock Holmes musical written by Jami-Leigh Bartschi ’07 ’12MLS, 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 family estate of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Bartschi wrote My Dear Watson as part of her graduate thesis in Rollins’ Master of Liberal Studies program. The musical premiered at Rollins’ Annie Russell Theatre in 2014 and debuted professionally at Orlando’s Lowndes Shakespeare Center last year.
My Dear Watson combines quotes, characters, and plot elements of several Sherlock Holmes stories, including “A Study in Scarlet,” “The Valley of Fear,” “The Three Garridebs,” and “The Final Problem.” As a result, the audience is taken all the way from Holmes and Watson's initial introduction to the showdown with Moriarty in only a couple of hours.
“The Conan Doyle Estate's main aim is to have the voice of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle heard by modern audiences,” says Richard Doyle, director of the estate. “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.”
My Dear Watson is slated for a five-night run from July 11-16 at Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Midtown Manhattan.
For more information, visit mydearwatsonmusical.com.