Monday, April 27, 2015

CURTAINS

World Premiere Los Angeles: August 2006 - Broadway Opening: March 22th, 2007 - Run: 511 performances

Directed by Scott Ellis - Book by Peter Stone & Rupert Holmes - Additional Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb - Choreography by Rob Ashford - Orchestrations by William David Brohn

Cast: David Hyde Pierce (Lt. Frank Cioffi), Debra Monk (Carmen Bernstein), Karen Ziemba (Georgia Hendricks), Edward Hibbert (Christopher Belling), Jason Danieley (Aaron Fox), Jill Paice (Nikki Harris), Megan Sikora (Bambi), Noah Racey, Michael McCormick, John Bolton, Michael X. Martin and Robert Walden

The plot: Boston 1959. A pre-Broadway cast performs a musical called ROBBIN’ HOOD (a Western musical version of the famous Sherwood Forest legend), at the curtain call the star of the show, an untalented movie actress, dies mysteriously on stage. The producer of the show, Carmen Bernstein, wants to go on with the show, replacing the star with someone who can sing, dance and act. Her choice is Georgia Hendricks, who’s also the lyricist of the musical.
Meanwhile, Police Lieutenant Frack Cioffi, is called in order to resolve the crime and, since it seems everyone involved with the show had a reason to kill its star, decided to quarantine the theatre. But the detective is “is a fervent musical theatre fan, who allows the company to continue rehearsing while he conducts his murder investigation.” At the same time he’ also interested in fixing the show.

Awards: Tony for Best Performance By a Leading Actor (David Hyde Pierce) - Drama Desk for Outstanding Book (Rupert Holmes & Peter Stone) and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Debra Monk) - Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Karen Ziemba)

Awards Nominations: Tony for Best Musical, Best Book (Rupert Holmes & Peter Stone), Best Original Score (John Kander, Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes), Best Performance By a Leading Actress (Debra Monk), Best Performance By a Featured Actress (Karen Ziemba), Best Direction of a Musical (Scott Ellis) and Best Choreography (Rob Ashford). Drama Desk for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (David Hyde Pierce), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Karen Ziemba), Outstanding Music (John Kander), Outstanding Lyrics (Fred Ebb & Rupert Holmes), Outstanding Orchestrations, (William David Brohn), Outstanding Set Design of a Musical (Anna Louizos) and Outstanding Costume Design (William Ivey Long). Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off Broadway), Outstanding Choreography (Rob Ashford) and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Jason Danieley). CURTAINS was also nominated in the category of Distinguished Production of a Musical at the Drama League Awards.


Tracks: Overture - Wide Open Spaces - What Kind of Man? - Thinking of Him - The Woman's Dead - Show People - Coffee Shop Nights - In the Same Boat # 1 - I Miss the Music - Thataway! - The Man is Dead - He Did It - In the Same Boat # 2 - It's a Business - Kansasland - Thinking of Him / I Miss the Music - A Tough Act to Follow - In the Same Boat # 3 - In the Same Boat Completed - Show People - Wide Open Spaces Finale - A Tough Act to Follow 

Photos by Joan Marcus, Kirk McKoy & Sara Krulwich

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