Contact's Hingston Steps Into Broadway's Curtains May 13-25 | Playbill

News Contact's Hingston Steps Into Broadway's Curtains May 13-25
Sean Martin Hingston, who starred in the Tony Award-winning musical Contact, will step into the role of Bobby Pepper in the Broadway production of Kander and Ebb's Curtains for two weeks starting May 13.

Sean Martin Hingston
Sean Martin Hingston

He'll be seen alongside his Contact colleague, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba.

In Curtains Hingston takes over for the vacationing Noah Racey, who returns May 27. As previously announced, the production will end its run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre June 29.

Hingston will also star in a new production of the musical Yankee Doodle by David Armstrong (using classic George M. Cohan songs) Aug. 5-17 at St. Paul's Ordway Center. Ordway producing artistic director James Rocco will direct and choreograph the production.

Curtains is an original musical comedy with 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, "New York New York" and more), based on the original book and concept by Tony Award-winner Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies), and with additional lyrics by John Kander & Rupert Holmes.

Ebb and Stone did not live to see their long-aborning work play Broadway. The score is preserved on a cast album. Choreography is by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie).

The musical stars 2007 Tony Award winner and four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce as Lieutenant 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, Erin Davie 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, Megan Sikora as understudy Bambi Bernét and Gerry Vichi as producer Sidney Bernstein.

Curtains "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."

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