Running since: February, 2007 David Hyde Pierce headlines a new musical comedy from the legendary team of Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), a backstage romance set in 1959. Closes 6/29/2008
The Broadway production of Curtains closed June 29, 2008. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
John Kander and Fred Ebb have been known to string together a decent ditty or two - "New York, New York", for example. Here, Mr. Kander cobbles together the scraps of one of their final projects, an old-fashioned Broadway musical about the production of an old-fashioned Broadway musical. TV star (and former habituée of New York's Off-Broadway stages) David Hyde Pierce joins Broadway stalwarts Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba, together with a murder of Broadway's usual crowers and crooners for this musical comedy murder mystery.
This would be a good ticket for lovers of the old song and dance stylings of the Street - there's plenty of both to be had.
Plot: The talentless leading lady has just been offed. A stage-struck detective investigates the imbroglio, and is drawn into a nefarious net of antagonism and alliteration.
A great choice for those looking for traditional Broadway musical, though there are a few four letter words, and the choreography is probably a bit too racy for the tykes. It's an easygoing musical, but an adult one, the kind that 1950's suits used to flock to to unwind from the day and dream of chorines.
Cast News: David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba, Jason Danieley, and Edward Hibbert have signed on to play through the end of the run.
Appropriate for 10 +. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Here's the show's performance at the Tony Awards, as introduced by Mr. Kander:
2007 Tony Award: Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Pierce) 2006-2007 Drama Desk Awards - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Monk), Outstanding Book of a Musical. 2006-2007 Outer Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Ziemba)
"Curtains" is the last John Kander-Fred Ebb musical... It might not rank at the pinnacle with two of their other shows, "Chicago" and "Cabaret," but as an evening of bountiful fun, smartly directed... and with a strong cast of Broadway veterans, the musical-whodunit honors the songwriters as great entertainers.
...a thoroughly entertaining new musical...
New York Daily News
...brings a gust of giddy good fun to Broadway.
New York Magazine
Next to... (other recent) lithe, imaginative triumphs, the mild, ambling fun of Curtains seems brontosaurian.
New York Post
The choreography... was unnoticeable, the scenery... uninterestingly ugly, while (the costume designer) unwisely saved his best and funniest costumes for the curtain calls. Through all this farrago, Hyde Pierce moved... with unshatterable aplomb - taking the basically comic concept... just as far, and even a bit beyond... the material...
New York Times
...lies on the stage like a promisingly gaudy string of firecrackers, waiting in vain for that vital, necessary spark to set it off.
(a) clever, though somewhat clunky, piece of entertainment... the show is okay but could be better.
...likable at best.
The Journal News
...the names just don't add up to what we had so blithely hoped for. Incredulous, you sit and watch the air go out of this balloon slowly, and inexorably.
...in the end, the cast members, like the players they play, are confined by their material. Curtains may be a sweet swan song, but it will hardly be remembered as Kander and Ebb's finest hour.
The numbers are showy but distinctly second-drawer, the designs lavish, but with no overall style to their lavishness.
August 16, 2009
A bit dark and unfunny. Well acted and cast, appropriate sets, but the story is not a great one. First half is slow and disappointing. Seating uncomfortable -- small, narrow, etc. Lots of people liked this one, but not me.
June 18, 2008
'Curtains' fulfilled all my expectations and more.From the orchestra to the actors and from the beginning to curtain calls, the performance gave the viewer an uplifted 'good' feeling. I had a hard time staying in my seat.
The storyline, music, dance and talent was simply superb. I am not one to see performances many times, but I would enjoy Curtains again and wish it was not leaving broadway. Betty O.
June 18, 2008
Very entertaining. David Hyde Pierce was excellent. Good mix of comedy and musical numbers. The cast was outstanding.