Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb, John Kander, Rupert Holmes
Book by Rupert Holmes
Based on a book by Peter Stone
Directed by Jane and Sy Hoffman
Curtains, is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in Boston,MA, in 1959. Police Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (played by Adobe favorite Tim MacAlpine) is called to the theater to investigate the murder of the supremely untalented star of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West during her opening night curtain call.
Lieutenant Cioffi (a great musical theater fan who harbors aspirations of someday performing), is the perfect man for the job. All he has to do is solve the case and save the show without getting killed in the process! Simple, right?
The suspects are legion – faded Broadway stars, young up-and-comers, hard-bitten Broadway producers, Financiers out to protect their investment, a flamboyant English Director, a scathing Critic, a touchy Lyricist and Music team, and romantic liaisons between various and sundry people involved with the show. There’s even the possibility that Lieutenant Cioffi – while trying to stay alive – may find love himself. After all, this is musical theater! Performing at this Adobe production along with Tim MacAlpine are Antonio M. Barreda, Bruce Huff, Carolyn Hogan, Fred Schwab, Jim Duran, Johnathan Howell, Kiersten Johnson, Kristen Jack, Margie Maes, Reni Fitzgibbon, Riley Robinson, Scott Fitzgibbon and Sean Wingfield.
Famed theater critic Ben Brantley called Cioffi, originally played by David Hyde-Pierce (Niles Crane on Frasier) “the best damn musical theater character since Mama Rose in ‘Gypsy’ …”
This is the thirteenth show Cy and Jane Hoffman have directed at The Adobe (and the tenth musical). Loretta Robinson is their Musical Director for the seventh time. Barbara Bock is designing the set, Kiersten Johnson is choreographer, and Ludwig Puchmayer is Stage Manager. This is a very funny musical with a wonderful score. Fred Ebb was writing the lyrics when he suffered a fatal heart attack in 2004. Kander finished the show with the help of Rupert Holmes (who also wrote the book). Previously Kander and Ebb had written Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of The Spider Woman, among others. Curtains opened on Broadway in 2007.
Curtains opens at The Adobe Theater on Friday, May 15th and runs 4 weekends through Sunday, June 7th.
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