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 "There's a special kind of people known as: show people!"

Curtains is a 2007 Kander and Ebb musical murder-mystery-comedy. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards, though it only won one (David Hyde Pierce-Best Actor in a Musical). The original cast included David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk.

The show is set in 1959 Boston, where a troupe of actors is trying out a musical called Robbin' Hood of the Old West. During the opening night curtain call, the extremely untalented star, Jessica Cranshaw, drops dead. Lt. Frank Cioffi is sent to the theater to investigate what has been determined to be a murder, declaring no one is allowed to leave the building.

The list of suspects includes pretty much everybody, as no one much liked Jessica. First there is the producer, Carmen Berstein, who is busy trying to get the cast to continue on with the show despite the loss of its lead. Composer Aaron Fox is preocuppied with rewriting a big production number while his lyricist ex-wife Georgia Hendricks is convinced to take over the lead. Cioffi takes a liking to Jessica's understudy, Nikki, and hopes she's not the murderer. Other suspects include the flamboyant director, Christopher Belling, theater critic Daryl Grady, Carmen's shady husband, Sydney, who claims to have just arrived from New York, Bambi, their daughter, financial backer Oscar Shapiro, leading man Bobby Pepper, and stage manager Johnny Harmon.


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