Who knew murder could be so much fun?

By Andrew Andrews

Elaine Young in Rupert Holmes, John Kander & Fred Ebb’s musical comedy whodunit Curtains, directed and choreographed by Thomas Netter for Up and One Productions. Original photos by Oliva Michaels Bogert.

Faded film star Jessica Crenshaw has just passed out backstage after her horrendous opening night performance in a new musical about a cowboy version of Robin Hood.

Eager to move the show from Boston to Broadway, the director decides to replace the ailing star with the show’s songwriter, Georgia Hendricks, despite opposition from the cast and Georgia’s co-writing ex-husband Aaron Fox.

Just as most of the actors threaten to leave the production, police detective Frank Cioffi shows up to announce that Crenshaw has been murdered, everyone in the company is a suspect, and none of them are permitted to leave the theatre until he solves the crime.

Cioffi, a community theatre performer himself, spends as much time trying to fix the show as he does deducing the murderer, falling mutually in love with a performer (and suspect) named Niki in the process.

With music by Kander & Ebb (better known for the long-running musicals Chicago and Cabaret), this comedic whodunit originally starred David Hyde Pierce, and received mixed reviews for its limited run on Broadway.

Cast (L-R): Kandy Harris, Mary Kate Barnett, Sauliss Martinez, Mia DeYoung, Logan Callahan, David Foster, Ben Simonetty, Michael Clark, Terrence Boyer, Jennelle Liscombe, Rachel Karashay, Peter Kiewra, Cedric James, Michael Brunetti, Duane Olson, Thomas Netter (director), Douglas Woolever, Nicole Tarcza, Amber McCarthy, Michael Risio, Amy LeBlanc, Abbey Ressa, Ory Lopez, Emily Woolever, Jalen Carr, Elaine Young, Michael Britt and Daniel DelPriore.

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