The production — directed by Scott Ellis and penned by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes — is based on an original libretto by Peter Stone. David Hyde Pierce, the 2007 Tony Award winner and four-time Emmy Award winner, stars as Lt. Frank Cioffi with Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk as producer Carmen Bernstein.
A cast album of the score, from the writers responsible for Chicago, Cabaret (Kander and Ebb) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Holmes), is in stores. Kander wrote the music, Ebb the lyrics and Holmes the book; Holmes and Kander penned additional lyrics, as well.
"Curtains 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," according to the producers. "When the star dies mysteriously on opening night, Lt. Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce) arrives to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and when 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."
Choreography is by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cry-Baby).
Producers are Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. 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. (There is a special New Year's Eve performance on Monday, Dec. 31 at 2 PM, and no performance on Tuesday, Jan. 1).
Tickets are on sale at Telecharge.com or at (212) 239-6200, and in person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office (302 West 45th Street).
For more information visit www.CurtainsTheMusical.com.