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!
Curtains is parody of 1950s “whodunit” theater mysteries, where a lone detective, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, investigates a series of murders that take place place behind the scenes of a fictional 1950s cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood. The cast of Robbin’ Hood is forced to stay inside the theater while Boston police detective Frank Cioffi unravels the mystery, getting involved with the show and falling in love with ingenue Niki Harris in the process.
A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
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- When: November 2017 (dates and times TBA)
- Where: Center Stage Rehearsal Hall at Village Mall in Danville
- Prepare: Script will be available for review at the front desk of the Danville Public Library in November. Choose a song (does not have to be from this show) that best demonstrates your vocal ability.
- What to Expect:
- You will sing only about 32 measures (20-60 seconds) of your prepared song. Mark your sheet music ahead of time so that you can show it to the accompanist quickly. We may cut you off early. If we do, we promise it’s not because we don’t like you. We’re just moving things along quickly so that we can get to everyone.
- You may be asked to sing scales so we can assess your range.
- You will audition individually with your song and scales.
- You will read scenes from the script, either alone or with other auditionees.
- Depending on the role you are trying out for, you may have a dance audition (usually in groups). Make sure you bring/wear comfortable shoes for your dance audition.
- Attendance at rehearsals will be very important. Come to auditions with a list of any conflicts between now and October 22. Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We will try to schedule rehearsals around your conflicts if possible. Put all this information on your audition form.
- Most of all, enjoy yourself and let your personality shine through. This is about fun and community!
- LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (30s – 40s): 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 (a musical intended for Broadway that is currently out of town in Boston), Cioffi is very good at his job and, lamentably, married to his work. He is instantly smitten with ingénue Niki Harris. The undisputed central character of the musical. Requires deft and charming comedy, good singing, solid dancing in one extended “Fred and Ginger” number.
- NIKI HARRIS (20s-early 30s) 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. Requires a legit soprano and strong dancing in an extended “Fred and Ginger” number.
- GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30s – mid-40s, 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. Must sing and dance very well.
- CARMEN BERNSTEIN (45-65) Brash and brassy Broadway producer. Terrific comedic actress with a belt.
- AARON FOX (30s – 40s, 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. He’s a handsome, intense, somewhat tortured artist-type. Requires a strong vocalist with comedy.
- SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Late 50s-Mid 60s): The always-angry, sleazy, philandering producer of the out-of-town flop. Sidney is rough around the edges and completely self-serving. Requires a cartoon-like character actor who is funny on arrival. No singing required.
- CHRISTOPHER BELLING (40-60) English director. Very camp. Very droll. Noel Coward meets Addison DeWitt meets Clifton Webb. Requires a superb comic actor.
- BAMBI “BERNÉT” (Early 20s-early 30s) 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; many think she was only hired because of her mother. She surprises everyone, however, when she shows genuine dancing and singing talent when at last called upon. Requires great dancing, strong “street-smart dumb blonde” comedy, and singing.
- 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. Requires good “rough around the edges” comedy and singing.
- BOBBY PEPPER (30s to early 40s, similar age as Georgia and Aaron) The Gene Kelly of Robbin’ Hood, its choreographer and male star, and a handsome rival to Aaron for Georgia’s affection. Requires strong dancing, singing, comedy.
- DARYL GRADY (30s-40s): 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. Does not require strong singing or dancing.
- JOHNNY HARMON * (30s-60s) Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show, and both drill sergeant and mother hen to the cast. Barks orders but has a pleasant side as well, he keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process. Comic actor who can sing.
- JESSICA CRANSHAW (40s-60s) 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. Must be skillful enough to sing hilariously out-of-tune and ineptly, and adroit enough to dance perfectly out of step with the rest of the cast. Appears only in the first minutes of the musical; on Broadway, this performer then adopted a different look and became part of the ensemble.
- RANDY DEXTER (20s – 30s) a member of the singing & dancing ensemble featured in “Kansasland,” pleasant but with a sensitive side.
- HARV FREMONT (20s – 30s) a member of the singing & dancing ensemble who bears a bouquet.
- ROBERTA WOOSTER (20s – 30s) a member of the singing & dancing ensemble who speaks from experience.
*Note: the role of JOHNNY HARMON can be played by a woman using the name JENNY HARMON, with all the same character traits as described.