When Charles Dickens died in 1870, he left behind an unfinished novel The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
, in which the character Edwin Drood disappears and is presumed murdered.
In view of the author's stature, the book has not naturally been "finished" at various times, and also turned into a musical known as The Mystery Of Edwin Drood
or simply Drood
. The American producer and director Joseph Papp asked songwriter Rupert Holmes
if he would write a full length musical based on the original book, which he did: book, music, lyrics and orchestration, the whole shebang, giving it his own unique interpretation. There was also a novel ending, because at the break, the audience would vote on who killed Edwin Drood.