Curtains plays final performance on Broadway
The Broadway musical Curtains will play its final performance at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 29 Jun 2008. When the musical closes it will have played 511 ragular performances and 26 previews.
Curtains: A Backstage Murder Mystery Musical Comedy, opened at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 22 Mar 2007, following previews from 27 Feb 2007.
Curtains is set in 1959 in Boston during the pre-Broadway tryout of a new musical called Robin Hood. When the leading lady mysteriously dies onstage during the applause at the end of the show, the entire company and creative team are possible suspects; their various motives must be sorted out by a local detective (Pierce) who happens to be a musical theater fan.
The show opened to mixed reviews: "Pure delight and laughter" (NY Theatre Guide); "Brings a gust of giddy good fun to Broadway." (NY Daily News); "Delightful fun-ride of a musical" (The Record); "A faint but nonetheless refreshing blast of air." (NY Sun); "A thoroughly entertaining new musical" (Ass'd Press); "Talent-packed, thrill-starved production" (NY Times); "It's not so much a whodunit as a whydoit." (NY Post); "Likable at best."(NewsDay).
The show, directed by Scott Ellis with choreography by Rob Ashford, features David Hyde Pierce (Lieutenant Frank Cioffi), Debra Monk (producer Carmen Bernstein), Karen Ziemba (lyricist Georgia Hendricks), Jason Danieley (composer Aaron Fox), Erin Davie (ingenue Niki Harri), Edward Hibbert (Christopher Belling), John Bolton (theatre critic Daryl Grad), Michael X. Martin (stage manager Johnny Harmon), Michael McCormick (investor Oscar Shapiro), Noah Racey (choreographer Bobby Pepper), Gerry Vichi (producer Sidney Bernstein) and Megan Sikora (understudy Bambi Bernï¿½t).
David Hyde Pierce won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. The show was nominated for Tony's in several other categories including: Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography.
Curtains has book by Rupert Holmes - based on a concept by the late Peter Stone, score by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, with additional lyrics by Rupert Holmes.
Set design is by Anna Louizos, with costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan.
Curtains is the last musical to be written by composer John Kander and late lyricist Fred Ebb.
Composer John Kander stated "Fred just loved this show, and would be so thrilled with this remarkable cast, led by our great stars David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk and with Scott Ellis' beautiful production. In one of our songs for Curtains, Fred wrote 'the show must go on.' I am so grateful to everyone that made it happen."
Curtains is produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergï¿½re, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group.
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