Simanaitis Says

PORTRAYERS OF Sherlock Holmes have had varied stage presentations. Here are several of my favorites, the CDs of which are available at Amazon.com.

Replete with special effects, within the theater as well as on its outside marquee, the 1965 musical Baker Street was fabulously expensive even by Broadway standards. It ran for more than a year, but never did break even. Wrote Variety, “Splendid is the word for Baker Street, a big rousing musical success in the My Fair Lady, Around the World in 80 Days class.”

In 1993, Sherlock Holmes, the Musical introduced a highly non-Canonical but endearing character—Bella, the beautiful and brilliant daughter of Professor Moriarty. Early on, in giving homage to the arch criminal, Holmes sings “Without Him, There Can Be No Me.” Later, there’s a lovely reprise sung by Bella. Though it was not as successful as Baker Street, I prefer this…

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