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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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Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

A backstage musical comedy murder mystery set in a Boston theatre in the 1950s. The leading lady has been murdered during the curtain call and homicide detective (and musical theatre afficianado) Frank Cioffi is called in to investigate. Bodies begin to pile up as the cast shrinks and everyone is a suspect.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Curtains is a musical with a book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes.

Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.

Stone died in April 2003, leaving the book unfinished, and Holmes was hired to rewrite it. Ebb also died before the musical was completed. Curtains had its world premiere on July 25, 2006 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Local reviews were mixed but not discouraging, and the producers decided to transfer the show to Broadway with minor alterations.

The production, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Rob Ashford, opened on Broadway on March 22, 2007 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The cast included David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba, Edward Hibbert, Jason Danieley, Noah Racey, Jill Paice, Megan Sikora, Michael X. Martin, Michael McCormick, and John Bolton reprising the roles they played in Los Angeles, as well as new cast member Ernie Sabella. The musical garnered eight Tony Award nominations, with Hyde Pierce winning the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Curtains closed on June 29, 2008 after 511 performances and twenty-three previews.

The musical received mixed reviews on Broadway, with Ben Brantley writing in The New York Times :"David Hyde Pierce…steps into full-fledged Broadway stardom with his performance here…Perhaps this switching of creative horses accounts for the enervation that seems to underlie the lavish expenditure of energy by a top-of-the line cast that includes Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba and Jason Danieley. Brightly packaged, with Kiss Me, Kate-style sets by Anna Louizos and costumes to match by the industrious William Ivey Long, Curtains lies on the stage like a promisingly gaudy string of firecrackers, waiting in vain for that vital, necessary spark to set it off."

Clive Barnes wrote in the New York Post: "Part of the trouble was director Scott Ellis' failure to italicize sufficiently the inside comedy, but there probably wasn't much he could do. The choreography by Rob Ashford was unnoticeable, the scenery by Anna Louizos uninterestingly ugly, while William Ivey Long unwisely saved his best and funniest costumes for the curtain calls. Through all this farrago, Hyde Pierce moved (or, in that curtain call, "rode") with unshatterable aplomb - taking the basically comic concept of a tough plainclothes detective as a musical comedy queen, and running with it just as far, and even a bit beyond, as the material could take it.

Différents titres

Who Killed David Merrick? (working title)

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Acte I
Overture - The Orchestra
Wide Open Spaces - Randy Dexter, Niki Harris, Jessica Cranshaw, Bobby Pepper and Ensemble
What Kind of Man? - Carmen Bernstein, Oscar Shapiro, Aaron Fox and Georgia Hendricks
Thinking of Him - Georgia, Aaron and Bobby
The Woman's Dead - Entire Company
Show People - Carmen, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Company
Coffee Shop Nights - Cioffi
In the Same Boat 1 - Georgia, Niki and Bambi Bernét
I Miss the Music - Aaron
Thataway! - Georgia, Bobby and Ensemble

Acte II
The Man is Dead (reprise) - Sasha (the conductor)
He Did It - Company
In the Same Boat 2 - Bobby, Randy and Harv Fremont
It's a Business - Carmen and Stagehands
Kansasland - Randy, Niki, Harv, Bobby, Bambi and Ensemble
He Did It (reprise) - Company
Thinking of Him/I Miss The Music (Reprise) - Aaron and Georgia
A Tough Act to Follow - Cioffi, Niki and Ensemble
In the Same Boat Completed - Company
Show People (Reprise) - Cioffi and Carmen
Wide Open Spaces (Finale) - Ensemble
A Tough Act to Follow (Reprise) - Company

Liste des rôles

LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (40s): Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. He falls in love with Niki.
NIKI HARRIS (20s-early 30s) Pretty, naïve ingénue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the chorus of the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. She meets and falls in love with Dt. Frank Cioffi who is investigating a murder at the theatre.
GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30s) Female half of our songwriting team. Ends up taking on the leading lady role.
CARMEN BERNSTEIN (45-65) Brassy Broadway producer.
AARON FOX (40s) The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he's separated. He's a sexy, charming ladies man.
SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Late 50s-Mid 60s): The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving.
CHRISTOPHER BELLING (40-60) English director. Very camp. Very funny.
BAMBI BERNÉT (Early 20s-early 30s) Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer many think she was only hired because of her mother.
DARYL GRADY (30s): A Theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out of town tryouts.
JOHNNY HARMON (40s-50s) The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Johnny is is gruff but lovable. He keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process.
OSCAR SHAPIRO (45-65): The general manager. An agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money.
BOBBY PEPPER (20s to early 30s) The choreographer and lead dancer.
JESSICA CRENSHAW (30s-40s) Fading Hollywood star. A diva, who has no right to be one, she is a terrible singer and actress who stars in the show within a show and gets murdered on its opening night.

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Quelques remarques

The show had numerous workshops. John Kander, Fred Ebb and Peter Stone began work in 1985.

 

Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Curtains

Version 1

Curtains (2006-07-Ahmanson Theatre-Los Angeles) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 25 juillet 2006
Première : mercredi 09 août 2006
Dernière : dimanche 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

Curtains (2007-03-Al Hirschfeld Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 26 previews - 511 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 27 février 2007
Première : jeudi 22 mars 2007
Dernière : dimanche 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

Curtains (2011-04-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 27 avril 2011
Première : dimanche 01 mai 2011
Dernière : dimanche 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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