Photo Coverage: Curtains Opening Night Party

Curtains, a new, original musical comedy featuring one of the last scores by the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb, opened Thursday, March 22 on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, west of Eighth Avenue).

Curtains stars David Hyde Pierce as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein.  The production also stars Karen Ziemba, Jason Danieley, Jill Paice, Edward Hibbert, John Bolton, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, Noah Racey, Ernie Sabella and Megan Sikora.   

The show 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, Chicago), original book and concept by Tony Award®-winner Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies), and additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.   Curtains is directed by four-time Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis.  Choreography is by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford.

According to production notes, the musical "unfolds backstage at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady.  When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation.  But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after 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. "

Visit www.CurtainsTheMusical.com for more information and tickets.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

 
Rob Ashford and Rupert Holmes


Rob Ashford and Rupert Holmes


John Kander


Scott Ellis


Susan Stroman



Susan Stroman


Victor Garber


Mario Cantone


Lucy Simon


Lucy Simon


Charles Busch


Charles Busch


Nathan Lane


Brian Stokes Mitchell


Allyson Tucker


Allyson Tucker


Allyson Tucker


Tyne Daly


Jane Krakowski


Jane Krakowski


Marin Mazzie


Jason Danieley


Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley


John Bolton


John Bolton

Eve Plum


Eve Plum


Eve Plum and John Bolton


Michael X. Martin


Jill Paice


Jill Paice


Debra Monk


Debra Monk


Noah Racey


Noah Racey


Megan Sikora


Megan Sikora


Michael McCormick


Ernie Sabella


Ernie Sabella


Karen Ziemba


Karen Ziemba


Edward Hibbert


Edward Hibbert


David Hyde Pierce


David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk


Karen Ziemba, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Jill Paice and Edward Hibbert


Jason Danieley, Karen Ziemba, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Jill Paice and Edward Hibbert

 

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.