The Many Resurrections of Sherlock Holmes –

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On a recent trip to London, I stood outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street for three and a half hours in the rain. (I do understand the concept of opportunity cost, I swear. The wait wasn’t just worth it; it turned out to be part of the fun. And this from someone who usually approaches long lines with all the zen of a Chihuahua on its third espresso.) Just ahead of me, a Japanese mother and teenage daughter adjusted their deerstalker caps and stood their ground with firm determination while the rest of their party appeared periodically to try to tempt them away to other sightseeing. Just behind me, a family from the North of England served as a patient audience while their youngest member, a tween boy, deconstructed every scene featuring Moriarty in the BBC’s hit series Sherlockas compared to the character’s appearances in Arthur Conan Doyle’s canonical writings.

Even the heterogeneity and perseverance of my fellow Sherlockians didn’t prepare me for the most compelling item in the museum, however: a simple cork bulletin board where visitors had posted handwritten personal messages and drawings for the Great Detective by the dozens, layers deep, in many different languages. The docents had their hands full clearing away the loving tributes to make room for more. Read More

Full cast announced for ‘Sherlock Holmes’ with David Arquette – Chicago Tribune

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Broadway in Chicago has announced the full cast for the upcoming production of “Sherlock Holmes.” As previously announced, David Arquette will star as the titular London sleuth.

The cast features James Maslow (Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush”) as Dr. John Watson and Renee Olstead (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) as Lady Irene St. John, both making their stage debuts. Maslow replaces the previously announced Michael Trevino.

The cast also includes Kyle Gatehouse as Professor Moriarty, along with Patrick Costello, Graham Cuthbertson, Matt Gagnon, Barbara Gordon, Karl Graboshas, Trent Pardy and Amy Rutherford.

“Sherlock Holmes” opens Nov. 24 at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., and runs through Nov. 29.

By: Morgan Greene on the Chicago Tribune Published on Tues Sep 29 2015

James Maslow & Renne Olstead to Join David Arquette in Sherlock Holmes Tour; Full Cast Set! – Broadway World

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Broadway In Chicago and producers Starvox Entertainmentand June Entertainment have announced the full cast for SHERLOCK HOLMES. JAMES MASLOW, the actor and singer perhaps best known for playing the role of James Diamond in Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” and a member of the band with the same name, will star as the legendary Dr.John Watson, along with RENNE OLSTEAD, best known for her role as Lauren Miller in the TV sitcom “Still Standing,” and as Madison Cooperstein in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” as the well-to-do-American, Lady Irene St. John, opposite DAVID ARQUETTE in the title role as SHERLOCK HOLMES. The two actors will make their stage debuts in this new and original adaptation inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic tales by playwright Greg Kramer and directed by Andrew Shaver scheduled to play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W Randolph) November 24 – 29, 2015.

The eleven member acting company includes much of the original cast from the original, critically-acclaimed Montreal Segal Centre production that premiered in May 2013, also directed by Andrew Shaver, who will restage the show for a North American tour, launching a six-performance, “Tour Preview” engagement on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, followed by longer runs in Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, with subsequent cities planned into 2016 and to be announced shortly.


Watson is of course, the only friend and confidante of Sherlock Holmes as well as his best friend and flat-mate. He is a veteran doctor with steady hands for surgery…. and firing weapons! For James Maslow, the opportunity to take on the role that has been played by such great actors as James Mason, Robert Duvall, Jude Law, Martin Freeman andBen Kingsley, amongst countless others, represents “a chance to stretch and show audiences a whole new side of the man who is often portrayed as dim-witted compared to the brilliant, emotionally-detached analytical machine that Holmes can sometimes be.” He added, “and in Greg Kramer‘s wildly clever script, and especially in David Arquette, I have been a great gift: I serve not only as the sidekick but as a great and intelligent foil….even though as Holmes is known to state, ‘I see, but do not observe’.”

In SHERLOCK HOLMES, Lady Irene St. John is the American wife of Lord Neville St. John who goes missing early in this new theatrical adventure, and in the course of the action, Scotland Yard turns to Sherlock Holmes to help solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearance. “I love Irene,” exclaimed Olstead, “she shows that even back then, brainy is the new sexy. Irene is manipulative, devious, enigmatic, and clever enough to even give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money. David (Arquette) and I are having a blast in rehearsals discovering the many shades beneath her ruthless and cold exterior and her emotional intelligence towards the great ‘consulting detective’.”


David Arquette is a fourth generation actor from one of the most prestigious acting families in Hollywood. He is thrilled to be taking the stage again and honored to be playing the beloved character, Sherlock Holmes. He was first seen on stage as Frank-N-Furter in the Tiffany Theater production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1999. He returned to the stage in Joanna Murray-Smith‘s, The Female of the Species, opposite Annette Bening in 2010.

In 1997, he was first discovered at Sundance for his role in “JOHNS.” Since that time, he has acted in several dozen feature films, including the “Scream” franchise, , “Hamlet 2,” “The Grey Zone,” “Wild Bill”, “Stealing Sinatra”, “Never Been Kissed,” “Ravenous,” “Dream With The Fishes”, “Never Die Alone” and “The Darwin Awards,” to name a few. Arquette has completed production on the independent feature, “Orion,” portraying a hunter who is fighting his way through a futuristic wasteland, and the indie action film, “Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins.” He will next be seen in the western thriller, “Bone Tomahawk,” alongside Kurt Russell, and the visually stunning art film, “The Key,” directed by Jeffery Levy. He can currently be seen lending his voice to the Disney Television interactive series, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” as Scully, the lookout pirate parrot.

Arquette was most recently seen in the independent features, “The Field of Lost Shoes” and “Sold,” alongside Gillian Anderson, about a girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India. He is also an accomplished Director (“The Tripper,” “The Butler’s In Love”) and a producer of the syndicated game,” Celebrity Name Game,” airing daily, under his Coquette banner.


James Maslow is best known as the star of the top-rated Nickelodeon program, “Big Time Rush,” and the worldwide best-selling music group of the same name. He will next be seen as protagonist ‘Wyatt’ in the Benny Boom-directed feature film, “Wild for the Night,” set for an early 2016 release. Maslow’s recent credits include his starring role as ‘Kevin Mohr’ on the SONY Crackle original series, “Sequestered,” alongside Jesse Bradford and Patrick Warburton, and in the lead role as ‘Bart Dollangager-Winslow’ in “Seeds of Yesterday,” the final installment in the hugely successful V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic” series. A true Triple Threat, Maslow was the last man standing and a finalist on Season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Aside from his busy TV/film career, Maslow is currently in the studio developing and recording music for his debut solo EP, set for early 2016. Maslow began his professional acting career on the popular Nickelodeon series “iCarly” and completed the fourth season of “Big Time Rush” in 2013, the third longest running live-action series in Nickelodeon history. As part of one of the most popular music groups internationally, Maslow has won countless Kids’ Choice Awards and headlined sold-out tours across the globe, most recently the Big Time Rush Live 2014 World Tour, performing at some of the largest venues across North & South America. Born in New York and raised in San Diego, Maslow began performing at an early age, training at the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego School of Performing Arts (SCPA).


Born in Houston Texas, Renee Olstead has amassed over nine seasons of television appearances as a regular on the hit CBS sitcom, “Still Standing” and ABC Family’s, “The Secret Life of The American Teenager.” Her latest starring role in the 2015 Universal Pictures/Blumhouse feature,” Unfriended,” took the box office by storm and garnered her much attention both domestically and internationally. Her acting prowess, however, is matched only by her vocal talent. At the age of twelve, Renee signed to Warner Brothers Records and completed two albums produced by 16-time Grammy winning producer David Foster.

Renee has appeared and performed her music on “The Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She’s performed at the “Live 8” concert in Berlin along with other performers such as Paul McCartney, Madonna and Sting and completed extensive international touring.

Renee’s debut album received a Grammy nomination for Best Arrangement “Summertime” and a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture “Christmas in Love”. Renee has also received many honors for her philanthropic efforts, such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters “Rising Star Award”, PETA2’s “Sexiest Celeb Vegetarian”, and PETA’s Libby Award. Renee actively works with several charities, focusing on bringing an end to animal cruelty, mentorship to at-risk kids, and eating disorder awareness.

Renee’s additional feature film work includes “13 Going on 30,” appearing opposite Jennifer Garner, as well as “The Insider” and “End of Days.” Further, Renee recently finished shooting a lead role in the upcoming feature film, “Tell Tale Lies” and a starring role in a pilot for ABC Family called “Work Mom.”


This SHERLOCK HOLMES was the recipient of five prestigious Montreal English Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Director. The Segal Centre commissioned multi-talented, British-born, Montreal-based writer, director and actor Greg Kramer to pen this fresh new take on Conan Doyle’s stories of the legendary detective. The playwright was also supposed to play Scotland Yard detective Lestrade in the original Montreal production, but tragically, Kramer passed away on the eve of rehearsals.

Andrew Shaver, one of Canada’s most exciting young directors, known for his work with the innovative SideMart Theatrical Grocery (Trad, Haunted Hillbilly, Gordon) and assignments with Des McAnuff for the Stratford Festival, brings his ironic and kinesthetic vision to the production and has worked on the script subsequent to Kramer’s untimely death. Design is by Cirque du Soleil‘s James Lavoie.

Produced by Toronto-based Starvox Entertainment (Corey Ross, Producer) and seasoned feature film producers,John Ryan Jr. and R Scott Reid of June Entertainment, SHERLOCK HOLMES is thrilling, humorous, full of head-scratching crimes and dazzling deduction in the face of cunning evil. The show takes theatregoers on a heart-stopping adventure through the opium dens, the muddy docklands and the gritty backstreets of London during the turn of the century, a time of great social and technological change.

The opium wars have ended. The Ripper has wreaked his havoc. Electricity is on the rise and Scotland Yard is in its infancy. Lord Neville St. John gives a moving speech in the House of Lords to ban opium and a vote on the matter is imminent. Meanwhile, Professor James Moriarty, notorious criminal kingpin, plots to thwart the upcoming opium vote. When a drowned body is discovered, and Lord Neville goes missing, Scotland Yard turns to “the world’s only consulting detective” and newest resident of 221-B Baker Street: a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.


Individual tickets for SHERLOCK HOLMES are on sale now. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at

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Founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment was ranked on Profit Magazine’s list of Canada’s top growth companies in 2013, 2014 and 2015; the only live entertainment company ever to be graded.

In 2013, Mr. Ross was a producer on the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s CATS and in 2014 remounted Evil Dead – The Musical to record-breaking sales in Canada and the United States. Starvox has toured the west-end hit show, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, since 2012 which continues to break records in Canada and the U.S. For Toronto, Starvox recently produced Trey Parker‘s Cannibal! The Musical, Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience, and for the holiday season, will present Dee Snider‘s Rock n Roll Christmas Tale at the historic Winter Garden Theatre.

Starvox has presented three productions written and directed by Woody Harrelson, presented John Malkovich in Giacomo Variations, and produced nationally broadcast concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation featuring Alicia Keys and Annie Lennox. Starvox recently produced a multi-million dollar reboot of the classic Las Vegas revue show Jubilee for Caesars Casino, with pop mega-star Beyonce’s creative team.


June Entertainment is one of the industry’s most dynamic film, new media, television and music video production companies. June’s extensive and experienced team internally develops, finances and produces innovative projects as well as provides entertainment promotion/distribution and talent management services.

SHERLOCK HOLMES is licensed by Copa De Oro Productions Montreal/Segal Centre For The Performing Arts

By: BWW News Desk on the Broadway World Published on Tue Sep 29 2015

James Maslow, Renee Olstead Join Cast Of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Stage Production – Chicago Sun

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 James Maslow (“Big Time Rush,” “Dancing with the Stars”)  has joined the cast of the stage production of “Sherlock Holmes,” it was announced today. Maslow replaces the previously announced Michael Trevino in the role of Dr. John Watson. David Arquettestars as the title character in the national touring production of the late Greg Kramer’s original adaptation inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales.

Also announced today, Renee Olstead (“Still Standing,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager:) will star as the well-to-do-American, Lady Irene St. John. Both Olstead and Maslow will be making their theatrical stage debuts in the play, directed by Andrew Shaver.

The cast also features Kyle Gatehouse as Professor Moriarty, with Patrick Costello, Graham Cuthbertson, Matt Gagnon, Barbara Gordon, Karl Graboshas, Trent Pardy and Amy Rutherford.

“Sherlock Holmes” runs Nov. 4-29 at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. For tickets, visit

By: Miriam Di Nunzio on the Chicago Sun Published on Tue Sep 29 2015

James Maslow Joins David Arquette in New Stage Version of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ –

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James Maslow, the “Big Time Rush” star set to appear on the big screen in the upcoming feature “Wild for the Night,” has signed on to play Dr. Watson in the latest stage version of “Sherlock Holmes.”

He’ll appear alongside David Arquette in the national touring production of the play, a steampunk interpretation that, it was recently announced, will also star Renee Olstead (“Still Standing,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”). When the actor initially set to play Watson, Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”), had to exit “Sherlock Holmes,” producers approached Maslow.

“I said ‘Hell, yeah!’” recalled Maslow. “I miss being on tour. Going out there on the road and seeing the country and meeting the fans, I miss that. And theater’s one of the hardest things you can do, so I’m excited to prove that I can do it.”

Maslow has toured previously as a member of the band Big Time Rush, most recently hitting the road in 2014. His screen credits also include the Sony Crackle series “Sequestered” as well as a lead role in Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews adaptation “Seeds of Yesterday.”

Written by Greg Kramer and directed by Andrew Shaver, the North American touring production of “Sherlock” launches at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in L.A. Oct. 15, with further stops to include Toronto, Chicago and Washington, D.C. There are no plans for a New York run as of now.

The production is currently in rehearsal, and Maslow said he’s still at work developing his take on Watson. “He started out being somewhat posh, but now we’re thinking of making him a little more South London,” he said.

Maslow is repped by Paradigm and Brillstein.

By: Gordon Cox on the Variety Published on Tue Sep 29 2015

Renee Olstead Set to Star in ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Play With David Arquette (Exclusive) – Just Jared

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Renee Olstead will play the female lead in the upcoming June Entertainment production of Sherlock Holmes, can exclusively reveal.

The 26-year-old actress is set to star as Lady Irene St.-John, the “American wife of Lord Neville St. John who goes missing early in this new theatrical adventure, and in the course of the action, Scotland Yard turns to Sherlock Holmes (David Arquette) to help solve the mystery of her husband’s disappearance.”

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David Arquette Tackling Sherlock Holmes In New Play

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David Arquette Has Joined The Ranks Of Stars Who Have Portrayed Fictional Detective Sherlock Holmes After Signing On To Play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sleuth Onstage. The Scream star will don the deer stalker hat and pick up a pipe for a new tour of playwright Greg Kramer’s adaptation of Conan Doyle’s stories.

Sherlock Holmes premiered in Montreal, Canada in 2013 and director Andrew Shaver is now bringing the production to America for a run of shows that will begin at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles in October (15). The play will then hit theatres in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois, with more dates planned for 2016.

Arquette says, “I am beyond excited to play one of the most loved characters in all literature, stage and screen, Sherlock Holmes. Some may think I’m an odd choice. I am. I’m odd, but thankfully so is he.” Playwright Kramer was supposed to play Scotland Yard detective Lestrade in the original Montreal production, but he died on the eve of rehearsals.

Sherlock Holmes is currently being portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch on the small screen, while Sir Ian MCKellen and Robert Downey, Jr. have played the detective in recent movies.

By: World Entertainment News Network on the Contact Music Published on Wed Aug 26 2015

‘Huge Fan’ David Arquette To Play Sherlock Holmes On Chicago Stage – Chicago Sun

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Actor-producer David Arquette (“Scream,” “Celebrity Name Game”) says he’s “really excited” about starring as the title character in a national touring production of “Sherlock Holmes,” which plays Chicago Nov. 24-29 at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph).

“I’m not always necessarily someone’s first choice, but I have a little bit of range. I can pull it off,” Arquette said with a hearty laugh.

Co-starring as Dr. John Watson in the late Greg Kramer’s original adaptation inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales will be Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”).

The setting, according to “Sherlock Holmes” presenter Broadway in Chicago:

“The opium wars have ended. The Ripper has wreaked his havoc. Electricity is on the rise and Scotland Yard is in its infancy. Lord Neville St. John gives a moving speech in the House of Lords to ban opium and a vote on the matter is imminent. Meanwhile, Professor James Moriarty, notorious criminal kingpin, plots to thwart the upcoming opium vote. When a drowned body is discovered, and Lord Neville goes missing, Scotland Yard turns to “the world’s only consulting detective” and newest resident of 221-B Baker Street: a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.”

Arquette, an admitted “huge fan” of Doyle’s books,  says the storyline involves some things he can relate to. “I’m a bit like the character because he’s really just a rather strange person,” Arquette says, with a chuckle. “He has so many quirks, and I have quirks. And he’s a bit of an addict — which, I understand. I’m in a really good place in my life now, but I can draw on my experiences with that form of behavior. I mean, in the very first [book] they mention he does cocaine. It’s good when an actor can bring something to a role.”

The actor was phoning Monday evening from Los Angeles, having just returned from his Costa Rican honeymoon with his bride of four months, Christina McLarty, and their 1-year-old son, Charlie. (Arquette also has an 11-year-old daughter, Coco, with first wife Courteney Cox.) His previous stage credits include “The Female of the Species” opposite Oscar winner Annette Bening at L.A.’s Geffen Theater, and the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at that city’s Tiffany Theater. “I make a horribly unattractive transvestite, but I learned how to spin pasty tassles!” Arquette said laughing. “It’s a great little skill to have. It’s always a crowd-pleaser.”

Arquette said the play is a pretty straightforward homage to the Sherlock Holmes legend, and despite his comedic quips during our conversation, he’s taking it very seriously. “I know there’s a huge fan base for Sherlock Holmes and I want to do right by them. There was an intense fan base for ‘Rocky Horror’ and I won them over. And I had to sing in that show! So I’m in no way going to take this new role lightly.

As for his Watson, Arquette had no idea the role had been cast. “That’s great news,” Arquette said when informed that Michael Trevino will star opposite him. “He just can’t be taller than me [laughing]. I’m 6 feet tall. Okay, I’m really 5 foot 10-and-a-half. I will get lifts! I’m not ashamed to say that. A little Tom Cruise lift never hurt anyone. I’m a big fan of Tom Cruise! I mean no disrespect!” Not to worry; Trevino is reportedly 5-foot-9.

The Chicago engagement also marks a homecoming for Arquette, who, with his family of actors and actresses (his sisters include Rosanna and Patricia Arquette; his late father, Lewis, was a Chicago-born actor) lived in Evanston for a short while when he was a toddler. “I lived in Evanston from ages 2 to about 5,” Arquette said. “My father was involved with improv theater there. He studied with [legendary improv master and original director of the Second City] Paul Sills. My mother taught acting classes there. I have very vivid memories of the snow and the lakefront and Michigan Avenue. Seriously!” Since “Sherlock Holmes” is set in London, will Arquette be affecting a British accent? “[Laughing] I’m gonna attempt an accent,” Arquette said. “It’s frightening! But I’ll do my best.” Group tickets for “Sherlock Holmes” are currently on sale at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for the show will go on sale at a later date.

By: Miriam Di Nunzio on the Chicago Sun Published on Wed Aug 12 2015

David Arquette to Star in Sherlock Holmes play – on Toronto Star

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How did David Arquette go from being a World Championship Wrestling title holder to wrestling Professor Moriarty to the mat? “It was elementary, my dear Watson,” quips producer Corey Ross. His Starvox Entertainment is presenting Sherlock Holmes, a new show about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective, in a North American tour that starts at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre Oct. 27.

And Arquette, known for acting projects as varied as Scream and Friends, will play the great detective. “I am beyond excited to play one of the most loved characters in all literature, stage and screen,” said Arquette in a release announcing the show’s premiere. “Some may think I’m an odd choice. I am. I’m odd, but thankfully, so is he.” The play, written by late Canadian playwright Greg Kramer, enjoyed a sold-out run in Montreal two years ago, where Ross caught it.

“I knew 10 minutes after the curtain went up . . . that this was a show born for an extended commercial life. We just had to find the right people to star in it,” Ross said. Canadian actor Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon, This Is the End) starred in Montreal, but he wanted to move on to other projects. So Ross sought out Arquette.

Michael Trevino will play the faithful Dr. Watson, a considerable change from his six seasons as Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff series, The Originals. The play has a distinctive look. “The steampunk costumes and brilliant set design, featuring projections on metal scrims, give the production a distinct modern edge, yet all the while, it remains quintessentially Sherlock Holmes,” said Ross.

“It’s both timeless and contemporary, and audiences will enjoy the way it slyly hints at current events and today’s political culture.”Sherlock Holmes will play six preview performances in Los Angeles before officially opening in Toronto and then going on a multi-city tour that will include Washington, D.C., and Chicago. In Toronto, it will be staged at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St.) from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8. Tickets are available through

The game’s afoot!

By: Richard Ouzounian on the Toronto Star Published on Wed Aug 12 2015