'Curtains' Played 300th Broadway Performance Dec.28
"Curtains unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for its talent-free leading lady. When the star dies mysteriously on opening night, Lt. Frank Cioffi ( David Hyde Pierce) arrives to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and when an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder," state press notes.
Curtains is an original musical comedy with a book by Rupert Holmes (multiple Tony Award-winner for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Say Goodnight Gracie), music by John Kander , lyrics by Fred Ebb (the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Cabaret and Chicago), original book and concept by Tony Award-winner Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies), and additional lyrics by Kander & Holmes.
Curtains is directed by five-time Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, 1776, 12 Angry Men, Steel Pier). Choreography is by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford ( Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cry-Baby).
Curtains also stars Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba as lyricist Georgia Hendricks, Jason Danieley as composer Aaron Fox, Jill Paice as ingénue Niki Harris and Edward Hibbert as director Christopher Belling, with John Bolton as theatre critic Daryl Grady, Michael X. Martin as stage manager Johnny Harmon, Michael McCormick as investor Oscar Shapiro, Noah Racey as choreographer Bobby Pepper, Ernie Sabella as producer Sidney Bernstein and Megan Sikora as understudy Bambi Bernét.
The 31-member cast also features Nili Bassman (Arlene Barucca ), Bridget Berger (Roberta Wooster), Kevin Bernard ( Roy Stetson/Detective O'Farrell), Ward Billeisen (Brick Hawvermale), Jennifer Dunne (Jan Setler), David Eggers (Swing), J. Austin Eyer (Swing), Jennifer Frankel (Marjorie Cook), Patty Goble (Jessica Cranshaw/Connie Subbotin), Lorin Lattaro (Swing), Shannon Lewis (Mona Page), David Loud (Sasha Iljinsky ), Brittany Marcin (Peg Prentice), Jim Newman ( Randy Dexter), Aaron Ramey (Harv Fremont), Joe Aaron Reid ( Ronnie Driscoll), Christopher Spaulding (Russ Cochran), Jerome Vivona ( Swing) and Stephanie Youell (Swing).
Producers are Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. Curtains had its world premiere on August 9, 2006 at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Performance schedule for Curtains is Tuesday at 7:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM. (There is no performance on Tuesday, January 1).
Tickets are on sale at Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com or in person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office (302 West 45th Street). www.CurtainsTheMusical.com