It's Curtains for Jill Paice on Feb. 3; Erin Davie Is in the Wings

News   It's Curtains for Jill Paice on Feb. 3; Erin Davie Is in the Wings
 
Jill Paice will dance out of the arms of David Hyde Pierce on Feb. 3, leaving Broadway's Curtains in anticipation of playing Scarlett O'Hara in the world premiere of the musical Gone With the Wind in London.

Jill Paice with David Hyde Pierce in Curtains.
Jill Paice with David Hyde Pierce in Curtains. Photo by Joan Marcus

Her permanent replacement, Erin Davie, late of Grey Gardens, The Glorious Ones and the upcoming Encores! concert of Applause, will join Curtains Feb. 15.

(Nili Bassman will play the role of Niki Harris for performances on Feb. 5-8. Stephanie Youell will play Niki for performances on Feb. 9-10, and Feb. 12-14.)

Paice's casting as the steely Southern belle in the Trevor Nunn-directed production inspired by Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel had been previously announced. Gone With the Wind previews begin April 5 at the New London Theatre in the West End.

In Curtains, Paice created the role of ingénue Niki Harris, who is smitten with — and under investigation by — Hyde Pierce's detective character. The musical comedy whodunnit at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre concerns the murder of a trouper in a Broadway-bound musical.

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Incoming leading lady Erin Davie.

Paice played Laura Fairlie in the London world premiere of The Woman in White (directed by Nunn) and re-created the role on Broadway. She played the role of Niki in the world premiere of Curtains at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, where the show played a pre-Broadway engagement in summer 2006 before opening in New York March 2007. Her other credits include Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas (Sophie), the national tour of Les Misérables, The Gig (Lucy, original cast recording) and Weird Romance (York Theatre).

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.

Visit www.curtainsthemusical.com.

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