Al Hirschfeld Theatre, (3/22/2007 - 6/29/2008)

First Preview: Feb 27, 2007
Opening Date: Mar 22, 2007
Closing Date: Jun 29, 2008
Total Previews: 26
Total Performances: 511

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: The Colonial Theatre in Boston, 1959, during the out-of-town tryout of the new musical, Robbin' Hood!

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director; Jordan Roth: Vice President)

Produced by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director); Associate Producer: Barbara Fodor and Peter Fodor

American premiere produced at the Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director)

Book by Rupert Holmes; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone; Additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes; Music orchestrated by William David Brohn; Dance arrangements by David Chase; Vocal arrangements by David Loud; Musical Director: David Loud; Associate Musical Dir.: Sam Davis

Directed by Scott Ellis; Choreographed by Rob Ashford; Associate Choreographer: JoAnn M. Hunter

Scenic Design by Anna Louizos; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair and Wig Design by Paul Huntley; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone; Associate Scenic Design: Michael Carnahan; Associate Costume Design: Tom Beall; Associate Lighting Design: Hilary Manners; Moving Light Programmer: Josh Weitzman

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; Associate Co. Mgr: Beverly Edwards

Production Supervisor: Beverley Randolph; Technical Supervisor: Peter Fulbright and Tech Production Services, Inc.; Production Stage Manager: Beverley Randolph; Stage Manager: Scott Taylor Rollison

Musical Coordinator: John Monaco; Conducted by David Loud; Associate Conductor: Sam Davis; Reed 1 (Flute/Clarinet/Alto sax/Piccolo): Steven Kenyon; Reed 2: (Oboe/English horn/Tenor sax/Clarinet): Al Hunt; Reed 3 (Clarinet/Alto sax/Soprano sax): Owen Kotler; Reed 4 (Bassoon/Clarinet/Bass clarinet/Flute/Baritone sax): Mark Thrasher; French Horn 1: R.J. Kelley; French Horn 2: Angela Cordell; Trumpet 1/Flugelhorn: Don Downs; Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn: Matthew Peterson; Trombone 1: Charles Gordon; Bass trombone/Tuba: Jennifer Wharton; Percussion: Gregory Landes; Drums: Bruce Doctor; Acoustic/Electric/Banjo/Classical guitar: Greg Utzig; Acoustic Bass: Robert Renino; Piano/Synthesizer: Sam Davis; Keyboard Programmer: Stuart Andrews; Music Copying Services: Larry Abel

Aerial Effects Design: Paul Rubin

Casting: Jim Carnahan; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Dance Captain: David Eggers; Dialect Coach: Kate Maré; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Debra MonkCarmen Bernstein
David Hyde PierceLieutenant Frank Cioffi
John BoltonDaryl Grady
Jason DanieleyAaron Fox
Edward HibbertChristopher Belling
Michael X. MartinJohnny Harmon
Michael McCormickOscar Shapiro
Jill PaiceNiki Harris
(Feb 27, 2007 - Feb 03, 2008)
Noah RaceyBobby Pepper
Ernie SabellaSidney Bernstein
(Feb 27, 2007 - Jan 06, 2008)
Megan SikoraBambi Bernét
Karen ZiembaGeorgia Hendricks
Nili BassmanArlene Barucca
Kevin BernardDetective O'Farrell
Roy Stetson
Ward BilleisenBrick Hawvermale
Paula Leggett ChaseMarjorie Cook
(Feb 27, 2007 - Dec 23, 2007)
Jennifer DunneJan Setler
Matt FarnsworthHarv Fremont
(Feb 27, 2007 - Dec 23, 2007)
Patty GobleJessica Cranshaw
Connie Subbotin
Mary Ann LambMona Page
(Feb 27, 2007 - Dec 16, 2007)
David LoudSasha Iljinsky
Brittany MarcinPeg Prentice
Jim NewmanRandy Dexter
Joe Aaron ReidRonnie Driscoll
Darcie RobertsRoberta Wooster
(Feb 27, 2007 - Oct 14, 2007)
Christopher SpauldingRuss Cochran

Swings: Ashley Amber, David Eggers, J. Austin Eyer, Allison Spratt and Jerome Vivona

Understudies: Ashley Amber (Bambi Bernét), Nili Bassman (Niki Harris), Kevin Bernard (Aaron Fox, Christopher Belling, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi), Ward Billeisen (Bobby Pepper), Paula Leggett Chase (Carmen Bernstein, Georgia Hendricks, Jessica Cranshaw), Jennifer Dunne (Bambi Bernét), David Eggers (Bobby Pepper), Matt Farnsworth (Aaron Fox, Daryl Grady), Patty Goble (Carmen Bernstein), Michael X. Martin (Daryl Grady, Oscar Shapiro, Sidney Bernstein), Jim Newman (Bobby Pepper, Johnny Harmon), Darcie Roberts (Georgia Hendricks, Jessica Cranshaw), Allison Spratt (Niki Harris) and Jerome Vivona (Johnny Harmon, Oscar Shapiro, Sidney Bernstein)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2007 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director)

 2007 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Rupert Holmes; Conceived by Peter Stone

 2007 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes

winner 2007 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 

David Hyde Pierce

 2007 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Debra Monk

 2007 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Karen Ziemba

 2007 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2007 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Scott Ellis

Drama Desk Award

 2007 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director)

winner 2007 Outstanding Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Rupert Holmes; Conceived by Peter Stone

 2007 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

David Hyde Pierce

winner 2007 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Debra Monk

 2007 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Karen Ziemba

 2007 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

William David Brohn

 2007 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Book by Rupert Holmes; Additional lyrics by John Kander

 2007 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Anna Louizos

 2007 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by John Kander

 2007 Outstanding Costume Design [nominee] 

William Ivey Long


music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb

ACT 1 Sung By
Wide Open SpacesRandy Dexter, Niki Harris, Jessica Cranshaw, Bobby Pepper and Ensemble
What Kind of Man?Carmen Bernstein, Oscar Shapiro, Aaron Fox and Georgia Hendricks
Thinking of HimGeorgia Hendricks, Aaron Fox and Bobby Pepper
The Woman's DeadEntire Company
Show PeopleCarmen Bernstein, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi and Entire Company
Coffee Shop NightsLieutenant Frank Cioffi
In the Same Boat 1Georgia Hendricks, Niki Harris and Bambi Bernét
I Miss the MusicAaron Fox
Thataway!Georgia Hendricks, Bobby Pepper and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
He Did ItEntire Company
It's a BusinessCarmen Bernstein and Stagehands
KansaslandRandy Dexter, Niki Harris, Harv Fremont, Bobby Pepper, Bambi Bernét and Ensemble
In the Same Boat 2Bobby Pepper, Randy Dexter and Harv Fremont
Thinking of Him (Reprise) Aaron Fox and Georgia Hendricks
A Tough Act to FollowLieutenant Frank Cioffi, Niki Harris and Ensemble
In the Same Boat 3Entire Company
A Tough Act to Follow (Reprise) Entire Company


AP: "Murder and musicals mix in 'Curtains'"

You think getting away with murder is hard. Try writing a Broadway musical.

Both subjects are very dear to the heart of "Curtains," a thoroughly entertaining new musical that opened Thursday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. It's a blissful, often very funny celebration of a bygone era, a theater world that has largely disappeared.

"Curtains" is set very specifically In 1959 - near the end of Broadway's Golden Age. It was the year of such hit shows as "Gypsy," "The Sound of Music" and "Fiorello!" But "Robbin' Hood - a new musical of the Old West," the show-within-the show in "Curtains,” isn't one of them.

Trying out at Boston's fabled Colonial Theatre, the production is facing disastrous reviews. "If you loved 'Oklahoma!' stay there as long as 'Robbin' Hood' is running in Boston," goes one of the more positive notices.

Not only that. Its obnoxious and talentless leading lady is dead, collapsing during a curtain call and then expiring. The verdict? Murder. And everyone on and offstage Is a suspect. Cue a Beantown detective, portrayed by David Hyde Pierce, a man who's not your average gumshoe. This copper has show biz in his soul - he's an amateur thespian who, in announcing his community theater credits, says, "…in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' my Bottom was very well-received."

It's the kind of corny, slightly naughty joke, courtesy of book writer Rupert Holmes, that propels the musical's genial self-mockery. Yet behind that tweaking is an affection for musical theater, a genuine appreciation of the craft and hard work that goes into making a show work. Director Scott Ellis artfully keeps that balance intact while pushing the convoluted plot forward.

Holmes has written mysteries before - novels, plays and, his best-known theatrical effort, a musical based on Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He skillfully sets up a story chock full of twists, turns and red herrings. And his one-liners about the theater have the zing of a man who knows his way around a stage and the disasters that sometimes lurk there.

The chipper score, buoyed by William David Brohn's period orchestrations, is by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the team behind such musicals as "Cabaret" and "Chicago." "Curtains" may not rank with those classics, but on an Initial hearing, there appears to be at least one Kander and Ebb standard here. The number is called "I Miss the Music," a hymn to that special collaboration between a composer and a lyricist.

The song, with its sweeping melody and simple yet eloquent words, takes on added poignancy these days. Ebb died in 2004, and you can feel that loss during Jason Danieley's sterling rendition of the tune. Since then, Kander and Holmes have made only slight adjustments and additions to the show's lyrics.

The suspects in the diva's death are a motley collection of theatrical folk, starting with the producer, played with brash, impeccable comic timing by the glorious Debra Monk. When Monk leads a chorus of stagehands In a snappy tribute to the money side of Broadway, "It's a Business," you know you are in good old-fashioned musical-comedy heaven.

Among other could-be murderers: the show's lyricist (Karen Ziemba) and composer (Danieley), a married twosome having personal difficulties; an ingenue (Jill Paice) who just may be a little too helpful; the acerbic director (Edward Hibbert) who turns snippiness into high art; the agile leading man (Noah Racey); the show's garment-industry backer (Michael McCormick); an ambitious chorus cutie (Megan Sikora); and, good grief, even a critic (John Bolton).

The detective not only wants to find the killer, but, what is more important, he wants to fix the show and turn it into a hit. Even murder can't stop him.

The ingratiating Pierce makes a deceptively unassuming detective. The performer lands his jokes and songs with a quiet charm, particularly a number in which he sings of his lonely life, an existence of "lunch counter mornings and coffee shop nights." The actor is nimble, too, handling Rob Ashford's adroit choreography with ease.

Ashford's dances are often witty, particularly in the cowpoke scenes, and he showcases Sikora in one amazing number of gymnastic virtuosity.

Designer Anna Louizos' settings are framed by a fake golden proscenium within the actual proscenium of the Hirschfeld. William Ivey Long's costumes range from 1950s chic to Western duds for "Robbin' Hood."

Nostalgia is the order of the day, a fondness for a time when musicals were just meant to be fun. Yet they were more than that. One of the most touching moments in the show occurs when Pierce, his face awash in a beatific smile, attempts a dance routine with a whole chorus doing the same steps behind him. Dreams don't get much better than this.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

(3/22/2007 - 6/29/2008)
Company Manager: Beverly Edwards; Assistant Co. Mgr: Kevin Beebee.

Reed 1 (Flute/Clarinet/Alto sax/Piccolo): Andrew Sterman; Reed 2: (Oboe/English horn/Tenor sax/Clarinet): Julia Ferrara; French Horn 2: Eric Davis; Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn: Jeremy Miloszewicz; Acoustic bass: William Ellison.


Bridget Berger
Roberta Wooster (circa. Oct 16, 2007 - ?)
Callie Carter
Arlene Barucca
Erin Davie
Niki Harris (Feb 15, 2008 - Jun 29, 2008)
David Elder
Bobby Pepper
Randy Dexter
Jennifer Frankel
Marjorie Cook (Dec 26, 2007 - ?)
Shannon Lewis
Jan Setler
Mona Page (Dec 18, 2007 - ?)
John MacInnis
Randy Dexter
Sean McKnight
Brick Hawvermale
Aaron Ramey
Harv Fremont (Dec 26, 2007 - ?)
Sean Samuels
Ronnie Driscoll
Julie Tolivar
Roberta Wooster
Gerry Vichi
Sidney Bernstein (Jan 8, 2008 - ?)
Matt Wall
Randy Dexter (Apr 8, 2008 - ?)

Understudies: Bridget Berger (Georgia Hendricks, Jessica Cranshaw), J. Austin Eyer (Johnny Harmon), Lorin Latarro (Bambi Bernét), Shannon Lewis (Bambi Bernét), Stephanie Youell (Niki Harris).

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