Murder is most definitely afoot in Kander & Ebb’s murder-mystery-musical-comedy, Curtains. It’s Agatha Christie meets 42nd Street. It’s Inception meets Carousel. It’s from the guys
who wrote two other popular “C” musicals, Cabaret and Chicago, so you know deep down in your heart- It. Must. Be. Amazing. Don’t Miss it!
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It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast & crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!
- Book, Additional Lyrics: Rupert Homes
- Music, Additional Lyrics: John Kander
- Lyrics: Fred Ebb
- Original Book and Concept: Peter Stone
A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (Late 20’s – 40’s): Sweetly endearing local Boston detective who idolizes the world of musical theatre and has reveled in the thrill of performing in community theatre. Called upon to solve the murder of the star of “Robbin’ Hood”. - Baritone
NIKI HARRIS (20’s-early 30’s) Pretty, almost too innocent ingénue, a local performer in a small role hoping “Robbin’ Hood” will be the Boston production that at last takes her to Broadway. Love interest for Lieutenant Cioffi, apparently reciprocated. - Soprano
GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30’s – mid-40’s, similar age to AARON) Female half of our show-within-a-show’s songwriting team on the lyric-writing side. Ends up taking on the leading lady role. - Mezzo
CARMEN BERNSTEIN (40’s - 60’s) Brash and brassy Broadway producer. - Alto
AARON FOX (30’s – 40’s, similar age to GEORGIA) The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife, from whom he’s separated but for whom he still pines. - Baritone
SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (40’s - 60’s): The always-angry, sleazy, philandering producer of the out-of-town flop. Sidney is rough around the edges and completely self-serving. - Non-Singing
CHRISTOPHER BELLING (40-60) English director. Very camp. Very droll. Noel Coward meets Addison DeWitt meets Clifton Webb. - Baritone
BAMBI “BERNÉT” (Early 20’s-early 30’s) Performer in the chorus, daughter of Carmen, step-daughter of Sidney. Genuinely brassy and artificially blonde. Hungry to work her way out of the chorus. - Soprano
OSCAR SHAPIRO (45-65): from the garment district and sole investor in “Robbin’ Hood.” A likeably gruff man who knows nothing about theatre and frets over every dime of his that’s spent. - Baritone
BOBBY PEPPER (late 20’s to early 40’s) The Gene Kelly of “Robbin’ Hood,” its choreographer and male star, and a handsome rival to Aaron for Georgia’s affection. - Baritone
DARYL GRADY (30’s-40’s): Caustic and smug theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper. Patronizingly pompous, enjoys using his power to make or break shows during their Boston tryouts. - Non-Singing
JOHNNY/JENNY HARMON * (30’s-60’s) Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show, and both drill sergeant and mother hen to the cast. - Baritone/Alto
JESSICA CRANSHAW (30’s-60’s) Faded Hollywood star, a grand diva with no right to be one, and a plague to the show-with-the-show and to her cast. An absolutely dreadful singer and inept actress who stars in the show-within-a-show and gets murdered on its opening night in Boston.
RANDY DEXTER (20’s – 30’s) a member of the singing & dancing ensemble featured in “Kansasland,” pleasant but with a sensitive side.
HARV FREMONT (20’s – 30’s) a member of the singing & dancing ensemble who bears a bouquet.
ROBERTA WOOSTER (20’s – 30’s) a member of the singing & dancing ensemble who speaks from experience.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, singing, and a whole lotta dancing (dress accordingly). Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song for the audition. Initial music auditions will be a cappella.
If you have any questions, please email the director, Jonathan Sparks, at email@example.com.