Curtains On Broadway

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Al Hirschfeld Theater

302 West 45th Street

2 hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

March 22, 2007

Original Musical Comedy

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This murder mystery story is a funny new musical comedy about an unlucky star who dies on opening night during her curtain call. The lure of the theatre proves too much for the investigating officer, who after an unexpected romance, finds himself as interested in making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder. Curtains previewed at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on February 27, 2007, and is scheduled to open on March 22, 2007. This brilliantly directed production by Scott Ellis offers rare entertainment, which musicals of late have not been providing.

Curtains on Broadway has John Kander and Fred Ebb, the Tony Award winning songwriters of hits, such as Chicago, Cabaret and New York, New York, featuring a show stopping score. Based on an idea by Peter Stone and the book by Rupert Holmes, Curtains has choreography by Rob Ashford, and set design by Anna Louizos.

The story unfolds backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theater in 1959, where a new musical is underway, and could be a Broadway hit were it not for the musical’s leading lady, who is completely lacking of talent. This leading lady dies during her curtain call on the opening night.

This savagely funny musical comedy has David Hyde Pierce as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, who arrives on the scene to conduct the murder investigation, but is irresistibly lured by the theater and finds himself romantically involved.

The Venue Of The Musical

The show previewed at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. Designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh, the Al Hirschfeld Theater – then known as the Martin Beck Theater – opened on November 11, 1924. Built by Martin Beck – the vaudeville promoter - the Martin Beck Theater was the only theater in New York that had no mortgage on it, and was owned outright.

It was the most lavish and magnificent theater of its time, with its interiors, with a curved balcony and fluted columns, quite awe inspiring. The interiors were further defined by the Moorish-inspired Byzantine plaster details with lavish paint and gilt work, designed by Albert Herter.

The Al Hirschfeld Theater has a proscenium stage and the traditional Broadway Theater façade. In the play configuration, the theater has seating for 1292, whereas for musicals it can seat 1282 only. The best seats in the Al Hirschfeld Theater are considered to be the center orchestra rows E to L, and the mezzanine rows, A to C.

In honor of the well-known caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, the Martin Beck Theater was re-named the Al Hirschfeld Theater in 2003. Al Hirschfeld did not live to see his 100th birthday on June 21, 2003, the day selected for re-naming, as he died a few months earlier.

Curtains on Broadway Tickets

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