Thursday, March 22, 2007

Curtains Finally Open On New Kander & Ebb Tuner

Curtains Finally Open On New Kander & Ebb Tuner

At long last, Curtains is opening this evening at the Great White Way's Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk, Curtains is a good, old-fashioned backstage musical murder mystery.

What is particularly bittersweet about the show is that it is one of the final tuners to spring from the canon of the legendary team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the latter having passed away nearly three years ago. And while the late Peter Stone is credited with the original conception behind the book, it's Rupert Holmes who furnished the final book and additional lyrics for the new show.

Readers will recall that I loved this gem of a show when it first appeared last summer in Los Angeles. I've been eagerly following the largely positive buzz the production has garnered since Broadway previews began in late February, but the true test, of course, lies with the response from Broadway's hard-nosed critics. We'll find out tomorrow whether they're game.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 22 March, 2007, Anonymous Esther said...

Every time I see that picture, with David Hyde Pierce in his trench coat and fedora, holding the magnifying glass, the serious look on his face, with one eyebrow slightly raised, it makes me smile. It just makes the show look like so much fun. I can't wait!

BTW, is there a difference between an opening night Playbill and a regular Playbill?

At 22 March, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, Yes, there is a special Playbill that is provided to each of the opening night guests of every show. But those collectible opening night Playbills are also available at a cost of $10 (or more if the show opened up quite some time ago) at Playbill's online store. You will certainly want to shop there for the upcoming A Moon For The Misbegotten.


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