Curtains Gets Spotlight on "Weekend Today" Dec. 1

News   Curtains Gets Spotlight on "Weekend Today" Dec. 1
Curtains, the musical comedy whodunit by the authors of Edwin Drood, Cabaret and Chicago, will be featured on NBC's "Weekend Today" Dec. 1 from 8-9 AM (ET).

"The segment captures 'Weekend Today' anchor Amy Robach rehearsing and performing a series of cameos in the show and includes interviews with Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk and more," according to the producers.

Curtains plays the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th Street.

The original musical comedy 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 and the hit "New York New York"), original book and concept by Tony Award winner Peter Stone (1776, Titanic, The Will Rogers Follies) and additional lyrics by John Kander & Rupert Holmes.

Five-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis directs, and Tony winner Rob Ashford choreographs.

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." The production 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).

For tickets, visit or call (212) 239-6200.

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