Paice danced out of the arms of David Hyde Pierce on Feb. 3, in anticipation of playing Scarlett O'Hara in the world premiere of the musical Gone With the Wind in London.
In the interim, Niki was played by Nili Bassman and Stephanie Youell.
The musical comedy whodunnit concerns the murder of a trouper in a Broadway-bound musical. Niki is smitten with — and under investigation by — Hyde Pierce's detective character.
* Curtains by John Kander, Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes and Peter Stone stars 2007 Tony Award winner and four-time Emmy Award winner Hyde Pierce as Lt. Frank Cioffi and Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein. The production also stars Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba as lyricist Georgia Hendricks, Jason Danieley as composer Aaron Fox 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 and Megan Sikora as understudy Bambi Bernét and Gerry Vichi as Sid Bernstein.
The show "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 on opening night, Lt. Frank Cioffi arrives 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."
Performance schedule for Curtains is Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are on sale at Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.