Curtains Box Office Opens Jan. 22 with Live "Joan Hamburg" Broadcast at the Hirschfeld

News   Curtains Box Office Opens Jan. 22 with Live "Joan Hamburg" Broadcast at the Hirschfeld
 
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office opens for Curtains Jan. 22 at 10 AM with a live radio broadcast of "The Joan Hamburg Show" at the Broadway house.

Tickets are currently available to American Express Card members by calling TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200. Public sale begins Jan. 21.

The WOR Radio 710 show will offer fans a behind-the-scenes listen with an entire show about the making the musical from 9-11 AM.  The broadcast will include interviews with stars Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba, Jill Paice, Noah Racey, book writer Rupert Holmes, designers William Ivey Long and Anna Louizos as well as musical director David Loud.

David Hyde Pierce, Ernie Sabella, Edward Hibbert, Jason Danieley and more join Monk, Ziemba, Racey and Paice in the Broadway cast of the John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes backstage murder mystery.

Scott Ellis (Twelve Angry Men, The Little Dog Laughed) directs and Rob Ashford choreographs the show, which begins previews Feb. 27 and opens March 22 on Broadway following a Los Angeles world premiere.

Set "backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theatre in 1959," Curtains follows "a new musical [that] could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady." The whole company of the out-of-town tryout become suspects "when the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call." Original star Pierce reprises his turn as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi with Monk back as producer Carmen Bernstein. Ziemba is lyricist Georgia Hendricks with Danieley as composer Aaron Fox, Paice as ingénue Niki Harris and Hibbert as director Christopher Belling.

Sabella (Sweet Charity, voice of Pumbaa in "The Lion King") joins the cast as producer Sidney Bernstein. John Bolton appears 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 and Megan Sikora as understudy Bambi Bernét.

The ensemble will also feature Ashley Amber, Nili Bassman, Kevin Bernard, Ward Billeisen, Paula Leggett Chase, Jennifer Dunne, David Eggers, J. Austin Eyer, Matt Farnsworth, Patty Goble, Mary Ann Lamb, David Loud, Brittany Marcin, Jim Newman, Joe Aaron Reid, Darcie Roberts, Christopher Spaulding, Allison Spratt and Jerome Vivona.

Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) provides the book to Curtains, featuring music by Kander, lyrics by the late Ebb and an original book and concept by the late Peter Stone (Titanic, Woman of the Year, 1776). Additional lyrics are by Kander and Holmes.

The design team for Curtains features Anna Louizos (set), William Ivey Long (costume), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting), Brian Ronan (sound), Paul Huntley (hair and wig), Paul Rubin (aerial effects) and Angelina Avallone (make-up). Rick Sordelet handles fight direction. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn and dance arrangements are by David Chase. David Loud handles vocal arrangements and serves as music director.

Curtains is produced by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group.

The Hirschfeld is located at 302 West 45th Street (off Eighth Avenue). The website for the show can be found at curtainsthemusical.com.

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