Deciding to become an independent artist, Holmes released his first album Widescreen in 1974. Following that, he produced albums for Sparks, the Sailors, and the infamous Barbara Streisand. A succession of albums followed, including Rupert Holmes, The Singles, and Pursuit of Happiness. Thus endeth the decade known as the seventies.
The eighties (my personal favourite for a few reasons) began with the world-wide success of his two songs Escape (yes, the Pina Colada Song) and Him, found on the album Partners in Crime (the one CD you can still find in Barnes & Noble, despite the confusion covering the 20-year old punk star/sales associate's face..."no, it's not an alias for Kurt Cobain"). After Adventure and Full Circle were released, Rupert Holmes turned to Broadway and achieved stardom with his 1986 Broadway musical hit The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Rupert Holmes made history, having been the only person on the Great White Way to receive Tony awards for book, music AND lyrics of the same play.
Continuing to write, Mr. Holmes then won the coveted Edgar Award for his mysterious play Accomplice (a brilliant feat of theatre...but I digress). Following that came the Stacey Keach one-man show, Solitary Confinement.
Returning to the venue of popular music, Rupert improved the scene with both The Epoch Collection and Scenario in the mid-nineties. These albums, I believe, are still available at import prices... hello Hannukkah...
Having conquered musical and theatrical venues, Holmes then decided to claim television as his own with the small screen masterpiece Remember WENN. Please, do read on and you will find my complete dissertation on this topic. Needless to say, television has not impressed me since this show began airing, and it will never impress me again (that is, unless Rupert Holmes decides to write ANOTHER series...but WENN needs to be finished first. As I said, read on.)
Along with forming 'The Actors' Authors' and Composers' Rep.' with his associates, Holmes also wrote and directed the recently acclaimed theatrical production Goosebumps. Rupert also wrote the one-man play Say Goodnight Gracie that opened in Florida and will shortly be going on tour.
As of late, Mr. Holmes is in the midst of several projects, all of which I (and anyone with half a mind)am greatly anticipating. Among them are the Broadway musical The Picture of Dorian Gray (yes, based on the Wilde book of the same name), and his first novel for Random House. He is also working on bringing the 1960's soap Dark Shadows to the musical stage. Auditions were recently held for the musical Marty, which Rupert wrote the book for. It is also rumoured that he is working on a period piece for A&E, as well as searching out a venue for the great WENN.
Knowing Mr. Holmes, after surveying his great career, it is most probable that each one of these present projects, much like the past and most certainly like the future ones, will be nothing but aesthetic to the audience, no matter to which venue it applies.