About the Musical
In this new musical, Sherlock Holmes and his fellow fictional characters leap off the page to live out their fantasies when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suffers an emotional breakdown.
A crime has been committed, and Sherlock Holmes should be on the case! But…Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is suffering an emotional breakdown, his characters are disillusioned and exhausted, and Sherlock’s inner song-and-dance man is bursting to emerge! Sherlock sheds his detective persona and persuades his associates to leap off the page and finish the story themselves, with colorful twists, unexpected romance and, naturally, fabulous production numbers. Seeing unrecognizable pages before him, Doyle believes he is going mad, until Sherlock himself meets Doyle face to face, to force a battle of wits and finally determine who’s really in control.
We first wrote a version of the show for our kids at Read Play Love, our children’s arts group. A veteran Broadway producer saw it, recognized its potential, and encouraged us to rework the script for a full production to be New York bound!
“The Whimsical World of Sherlock Holmes” has a bright future ahead of it. It is refreshing to see a new musical that honors the very best traditions of musical theatre, while also being completely unique in storytelling. Mark my words – this one can go all the way to Broadway, with audiences humming its hit songs as they leave the theatre doors."
– Michael Jenkins, Broadway Producer & 4-Time Tony Award Winner
After rewriting, we began the process of submitting to New York Festivals, which is an effective way for a new work to break into the scene in New York. The Whimsical World of Sherlock Holmes was selected as a finalist in two NYC Festivals, and ultimately selected to be part of the official lineup of The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. While its initial dates for Summer 2020 were delayed due to covid-19, the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival has been rescheduled for September 6-October 3, 2021.
About the Creators
Book by Marney Makridakis
Music and Lyrics by Anthony Makridakis
As a husband-wife team, Marney and Anthony Makridakis live in the constant energy of collaboration, launching a variety of successful enterprises centered around the arts. Anthony graduated Yale University in 1993 and worked as a highly regarded test prep tutor in New York City. Marney graduated Duke University in 1992 with a BA in Drama, and went on to direct innovative arts-in-education programs in New York, including for The American Place Theatre and Westchester Philharmonic. In 2000, they launched Artella Land, a ground-breaking online creativity network that was one of the very first virtual social communities.
In 2015, they founded their non-profit organization, Read Play Love, which now operates as an Arts and Nature Exploratory Center and a children’s theatre. Through their series of “new musicals for a new generation,” they have returned to their first loves of music and theatre, writing and producing seven original musicals. Marney is the author of two bestselling non-fiction books about creativity, published by New World Library: Creating Time: Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life, and Hop Skip Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life. They live in Denton, TX, where they homeschool their 12-year old son, whom Anthony names as his brilliant assistant in the songwriting process.