David Hyde Pierce Will Continue in Curtains 'Til Summer 2008

News   David Hyde Pierce Will Continue in Curtains 'Til Summer 2008 For David Hyde Pierce, the charming detective at the center of Broadway's murder mystery musical, Curtains, the game will be afoot for another six months.

Tony winner David Hyde Pierce
Tony winner David Hyde Pierce Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The producers of the show at the Al Hirschfeld announced Dec. 3 that Hyde Pierce, the 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lt. Frank Cioffi, has extended his run, taking him and the show into summer 2008.

The actor will solve a crime nightly through Aug. 31, 2008.

"I just couldn't say goodbye yet — to this company, to this part, to this great show," Hyde Pierce stated. "Singing and dancing eight times a week may kill me, but I'll die happy."

David Hyde Pierce received four Emmy Awards for his performance as Dr. Niles Crane during his 11-year stint on the hit TV show, "Frasier." In 2005 he made his Broadway musical theatre debut in the original cast of Monty Python's Spamalot. His other Broadway credits include Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, and Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.

Curtains also stars Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba as lyricist Georgia Hendricks, Jason Danieley as composer Aaron Fox, Jill Paice as ingénue Niki Harris 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, Ernie Sabella as producer Sidney Bernstein and Megan Sikora as understudy Bambi Bernét. The 31-member cast also features Nili Bassman (Arlene Barucca), Bridget Berger (Roberta Wooster), Kevin Bernard (Roy Stetson/Detective O'Farrell), Ward Billeisen (Brick Hawvermale), Paula Leggett Chase (Marjorie Cook), Jennifer Dunne (Jan Setler), David Eggers (Swing), J. Austin Eyer (Swing), Matt Farnsworth (Harv Fremont), Patty Goble (Jessica Cranshaw/Connie Subbotin), Mary Ann Lamb (Mona Page), Lorin Lattaro (Swing), David Loud (Sasha Iljinsky), Brittany Marcin (Peg Prentice), Jim Newman (Randy Dexter), Joe Aaron Reid (Ronnie Driscoll), Christopher Spaulding (Russ Cochran), Jerome Vivona (Swing) and Stephanie Youell (Swing).

The musical has 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 & Rupert Holmes.

Curtains is directed by five-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, 1776, 12 Angry Men, Steel Pier). Choreography is by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie).

The show "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.

David Hyde Pierce (center) with Karen Ziemba, Debra Monk, Michael McCormick and Edward Hibbert in <i>Curtains</i>.
David Hyde Pierce (center) with Karen Ziemba, Debra Monk, Michael McCormick and Edward Hibbert in Curtains. Photo by Joan Marcus