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Curtains (2007)

Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Broadway - Etats-Unis

22/03/2007 > 29/06/2008

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Al Hirschfeld Theatre - Broadway - Etats-Unis

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Première Preview: mardi 27 février 2007
Première: jeudi 22 mars 2007
Dernière: dimanche 29 juin 2008

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Artistes

Mise en scène:
Scott Ellis
Chorégraphie:
Rob Ashford
Avec:
Carmen Bernstein … Debra Monk
Lieutenant Frank Cioffi … David Hyde Pierce
Daryl Grady … John Bolton
Aaron Fox … Jason Danieley
Christopher Belling … Edward Hibbert
Johnny Harmon … Michael X. Martin
Oscar Shapiro … Michael McCormick
Niki Harris … Jill Paice
Bobby Pepper … Noah Racey
Sidney Bernstein … Ernie Sabella
Bambi Bernét … Megan Sikora
Georgia Hendricks … Karen Ziemba
Arlene Barucca … Nili Bassman
Detective O'Farrell … Kevin Bernard
Brick Hawvermale … Ward Billeisen
Marjorie Cook … Paula Leggett Chase
Jan Setler … Jennifer Dunne
Harv Fremont … Matt Farnsworth
Jessica Cranshaw … Patty Goble
Mona Page … Mary Ann Lamb
Sasha Iljinsky … David Loud
Peg Prentice … Brittany Marcin
Randy Dexter … Jim Newman
Ronnie Driscoll … Joe Aaron Reid
Roberta Wooster … Darcie Roberts
Russ Cochran … Christopher Spaulding
Roy Stetson … Kevin Bernard
Connie Subbotin … Patty Goble

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2007-03-Original Broadway Cast

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Date de sortie:
2007-03-??
Type de CD:
Stage Cast •
Nombre de CD:
1 pour un total de 22 tracks
Artistes:
Nili Bassman (Arlene Barucca), Kevin Bernard (Roy Stetson), Detective O'Farrell, Ward Billeisen (Brick Hawvermale), John Bolton (Daryl Grady), Paula Leggett Chase (Marjorie Cook), Jason Danieley (Aaron Fox), Jennifer Dunne (Jan Setler), Matt Farnsworth (Harv Fremont), Patty Goble (Jessica Cranshaw), Connie Subbotin, Edward Hibbert (Christopher Belling), Mary Ann Lamb (Mona Page), David Loud (Sasha Iljinsky), Brittany Marcin (Peg Prentice), Michael X. Martin (Johnny Harmon), Michael McCormick (Oscar Shapiro), Debra Monk (Carmen Bernstein), Jim Newman (Randy Dexter), Jimmy C. Newman, Jill Paice (Niki Harris), David Hyde Pierce (Lieutenant Frank Cioffi), Noah Racey (Bobby Pepper), Joe Aaron Reid (Ronnie Driscoll), Darcie Roberts (Roberta Wooster), Ernie Sabella (Sidney Bernstein), Megan Sikora (Bambi Bernet), Christopher Spaulding (Russ Cochran), Karen Ziémba (Georgia Hendricks)
Tracks:
01. Overture
02. Wide Open Spaces
03. What Kind of Man?
04. Thinking of Him
05. The Woman's Dead
06. Show People
07. Coffee Shop Nights
08. In the Same Boat #1
09. I Miss the Music
10. Thataway!
11. The Man Is Dead
12. He Did It
13. In the Same Boat #2
14. It's a Business
15. Kansasland
16. Thinking of Him! / I Miss the Music (reprise)
17. A Tough Act to Follow
18. In the Same Boat #3
19. In the Same Boat Completed
20. Show People (reprise)
21. Wide Open Spaces Finale
22. A Tough Act to Follow (reprise)
Commentaires:
Barnes & Noble
Nominated for eight Tony awards in 2007, Curtains is the final musical from the celebrated team of Kander and Ebb, whose longstanding partnership produced such Broadway classics as Cabaret and Chicago. Composed in a style that harks back to Broadway's Golden Age (it even features a bona fide overture), this whodunit-dressed-up-as-a-musical stars David Hyde Pierce as a song-loving detective, with solid supporting performances from Karen Ziemba, Jason Danieley, and the scene-stealing Deborah Monk.


All Music Guide
The road to getting a musical on Broadway has become long and circuitous, even for stage veterans, and this is borne out by Curtains, which finally opened at the Al Hirschfield Theatre on March 22, 2007, several years after the deaths of its original librettist, Peter Stone, and lyricist, Fred Ebb. When Stone succumbed in 2003, Ebb and his composer partner John Kander turned to Rupert Holmes, a playwright, songwriter, and former recording artist ("Escape [The Pina Colada Song]") with a taste for mystery stories whose sole prior musical theater credit came with The Mystery of Edwin Drood, for which he wrote both the songs and the libretto. When Ebb died suddenly in 2004, Holmes became a co-lyricist as well. The result, not surprisingly, is a work that mixes the sensibilities of Kander & Ebb with Holmes. Curtains is set in Boston in 1959, at a theater where a Broadway-bound musical is in tryouts that are not going well. The show-within-a-show, Robbin' Hood!, is set in the Old West, and bears a distinct resemblance to Oklahoma! After a performance, the leading lady, an untalented fading film star, collapses and is rushed to the hospital, where she dies of poisoning. That brings onto the scene Lieutenant Frank Cioffi (David Hyde Pierce), a stage-struck detective who, over the course of two acts, catches the murderer and saves the show.

Kander, who turned 80 only days before opening night and whose theatrical composing career dates back to 1962, has always felt most comfortable writing pastiches of the kind of songs he might have heard in his childhood; his musical sensibility is rooted in the jazz and popular styles of the 1920s and early '30s, and it is notable that his most successful shows, Cabaret and Chicago, are set during that period. Faced with the requirement of writing music that sounds like the Broadway of the late '50s, he makes a brave attempt, at least at first, and manages to move his usual style up to the mid-'40s. "Wide Open Spaces," the big finale for Robbin' Hood! That opens Curtains, draws directly on the song "Oklahoma" (1943), and "Show People," in which Pierce and producer Carmen Bernstein (Debra Monk) attempt to buck up the doubtful cast, sounds a lot like "There's No Business Like Show Business" from Annie Get Your Gun (1947). But no Kander musical can stay away from '20s jazz styles for long, and by the time of "Thataway!," another Robbin' Hood! Number, there's a banjo strumming away and the wailing horns are making like New Orleans. Ebb, for his part, spent his career veering between sharp, cynical lyrics (that often threw in mildly crude language as a kicker) and deeply sentimental ones, and he seems to have maintained that dichotomy to his dying day. "What Kind of Man?" excoriates critics (and even uses the word "excoriated" to do it); "The Woman's Dead" takes jibes at the first murder victim; and "It's a Business" has some caustic things to say about the theater (including the not-for-profit theater, which can't have been much of a force, if it even existed, in 1959). But "Thinking of Him," "Coffee Shop Nights," and particularly "I Miss the Music" (which inevitably must be heard as Kander's lament over Ebb's death) are wistful ballads full of sincere emotion. Holmes' influence seems more apparent in the somewhat generic production songs like "Thataway!" and "Kansasland," although his lyrical contributions are not spelled out precisely. (It seems unlikely that Ebb would have committed the mistake of anachronistically referring to the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass in "Kansasland," but who knows?)

Sporting a Boston accent, Pierce, previously seen in Spamalot and best known for his role in the TV series Frasier, is a light, pleasant presence on a cast recording more dominated by stage veterans Monk and Karen Ziémba. The ensemble cast is strong and gives a good account of a score that ends up being sturdy and representative of the songwriters, if not among their best work. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi


San Francisco Chronicle
[Hyde Pierce] is a charming singer, but the dynamic voices of Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba…as the show-within-the-show's tough producer and the lyricist with love problems, respectively, are what really sells this original-cast CD. Robert Hurwitt

 

D'autres versions de cette oeuvre

Version 1

Ahmanson Theatre à Los Angeles (Original)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mar 25 juillet 2006
Première : mer 09 août 2006
Dernière : dim 10 septembre 2006
Mise en scène : Scott Ellis
Chorégraphie : Rob Ashford
Avec : Randy Weinstein … Jim Newman
Niki Harris … Jill Paice
Jessica Cranshaw … Patty Goble
Bobby Pepper … Noah Racey
Johnny Harmon … Michael X. Martin
Roberta Wooster … Darcie Roberts
Bambi Bernstein … Megan Sikora
Georgia Hendricks … Karen Ziemba
Aaron Fox … Jason Danieley
Carmen Bernstein … Debra Monk
Oscar Shapiro … Michael McCormick
Christopher Belling … Edward Hibbert
Lieutenant Frank Cioffi … David Hyde Pierce
Mona Page … Mary Ann Lamb
Harv Fremont … Matt Farnsworth
Sidney Bernstein … Robert Walden
Detective O'Farrell … David Eggers
Daryl Grady … John Bolton
Arlene Barucca … Nili Bassman
Brick Hawvermale … Ward Billeisen
Jan Setler … Jennifer Dunne
Roy Stetson … David Eggers
Connie Subbotin … Patty Goble
Peg Prentice … Brittany Marcin
Ronnie Driscoll … Joe Aaron Reid
Russ Cochran … Christopher Spaulding
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Version 2

Al Hirschfeld Theatre à Broadway (Original Broadway)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 26 previews - 511 représentations
Première Preview : mar 27 février 2007
Première : jeu 22 mars 2007
Dernière : dim 29 juin 2008
Mise en scène : Scott Ellis
Chorégraphie : Rob Ashford
Avec : Carmen Bernstein … Debra Monk
Lieutenant Frank Cioffi … David Hyde Pierce
Daryl Grady … John Bolton
Aaron Fox … Jason Danieley
Christopher Belling … Edward Hibbert
Johnny Harmon … Michael X. Martin
Oscar Shapiro … Michael McCormick
Niki Harris … Jill Paice
Bobby Pepper … Noah Racey
Sidney Bernstein … Ernie Sabella
Bambi Bernét … Megan Sikora
Georgia Hendricks … Karen Ziemba
Arlene Barucca … Nili Bassman
Detective O'Farrell … Kevin Bernard
Brick Hawvermale … Ward Billeisen
Marjorie Cook … Paula Leggett Chase
Jan Setler … Jennifer Dunne
Harv Fremont … Matt Farnsworth
Jessica Cranshaw … Patty Goble
Mona Page … Mary Ann Lamb
Sasha Iljinsky … David Loud
Peg Prentice … Brittany Marcin
Randy Dexter … Jim Newman
Ronnie Driscoll … Joe Aaron Reid
Roberta Wooster … Darcie Roberts
Russ Cochran … Christopher Spaulding
Roy Stetson … Kevin Bernard
Connie Subbotin … Patty Goble
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Version 3

Paper Mill Playhouse à Milburn (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mer 27 avril 2011
Première : dim 01 mai 2011
Dernière : dim 22 mai 2011
Mise en scène : Mark S. Hoebee
Chorégraphie : Joanne Hunter
Avec : Lieutenant Frank Cioffi … Robert Newman
Carmen Bernstein … Kim Zimmer
Christopher Belling … Ed Dixon
Sidney Bernstein … Daniel Marcus
Niki Harris … Amanda Rose
Aaron Fox … Kevin Kern
Georgia Hendricks … Helen Anker
Bobby Pepper … David Elder
Daryl Grady … Aaron Galligan-Stierle
Oscar Shapiro … Dick Decareau
Johnny Harmon … Rye Mullis
Bambi Bernstein … Anne Horak
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