A musical comedy whodunit

    Directed by NANCY FITZGERALD-METZLER
    Music Direction by TONY ASARO

    Curtains is the hilariously entertaining whodunit from the creative team behind Chicago and Cabaret. It’s opening night at Boston’s Colonial Theatre and the leading lady has mysteriously died on stage, leaving the cast and crew as suspects. Local detective Frank Cioffi, a theater fan and amateur actor, arrives to conduct the investigation. As the body count rises and secrets spill, Cioffi becomes more and more involved in saving the musical than solving the case. This madcap musical mystery will leave you on the edge of your seat, tapping your feet, and laughing all night.

    Arlene BarrucaAlyson Chilton
    Johnny HarmonAmnon Levy
    Roberta WoosterAnJu Hyppolite
    Niki HarrisBrandy Collazo
    Bobby PepperCharlie Fields
    Marjorie CookChristine Baker
    Aaron FoxChristopher Nelson
    Randy DexterDaniel Norberg
    Jessica CranshawDeborah Rosengaus
    Harv FremontGregory Lynch
    Jane SetlerJessamy Collier
    Bambi BernetJessica Maxey
    Oscar ShapiroJohn Rinaldi
    Georgia HendricksKatherine Stein
    Connie SubbotinKatie Hontalas
    Detective O'FarrellKrijn Mossel
    Ensemble MaleMichael Vetter
    Roy StetsonPatrick Lahey
    Peg PrenticePatty Grewell
    Christopher BellingRaymond Mendonca
    Lt. Frank CioffiRoss Neuenfeldt
    Darryl GradyRussell Ward
    Carmen BernsteinSasha Motalygo
    Sid BernsteinThaine Sugden
    Mona PageTori Heibel
    ChoreographerJayne Zaban
    Scenic DesignA. J. Diggins
    Master ElectricianAya Matsutomo
    Assistant Lighting DesignStephanie Dittbern
    Properties DesignerAlexandra Nemchik
    Costume DesignValerie Emmi
    Sound DesignerJesse Scarborough
    Hair & Makeup DesignerEmily Bright
    Stage ManagerAmanda Roccuzzo
    Assistant Stage ManagerMichelle Klingler
    CrewAlexandra Nemchik
    CrewSterling Sullivan
    Spot OpMeena Shayesteh

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    By Harmony Wheeler

    23F2EA8AF-BA05-F082-0E00EBDA9AB257D3.jpg.pagespeed.ce.noIBeAtyyxjLAI6FuSR-BroadwayWorld San Francisco spoke with Brandy Collazo of Hillbarn Theatre’s production of Curtains, the Kander and Ebb musical opening this weekend in Foster City. Collazo, who plays Nikki in the who-done-it comedy, has performed extensively throughout the Bay Area with PCRT, DTC, Palo Alto Players, 42nd Street Moon and Willows Theatre. She has been nominated for a Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, and has received two Shellie Awards for Best Actress. Her experience also includes work with Hillbarn Theatre’s youth conservatory. Read BroadwayWorld’s interview with Brandy below!

    Curtains was one of Kander and Ebb’s last collaborations, so it certainly is special in that way. Do you have any past experience with Kander and Ebb shows?

    I do! I was Sally Bowles in Cabaret with Pacific Coast Repertory’s production a few years ago. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience.

    Curtains is very different in style and story from Cabaret and Chicago. How would you describe the music and story of the show?

    The music styles in Curtains are divided between the “show within the show” and the real-world. The show within the show is an elevated version of a 1950’s Broadway musical. It’s bright, almost overly cheery at times; big dance numbers, that feeling of the Golden Age of Broadway, but maybe poking a bit of good-natured fun at it too. The real-world is a bit less showy and the numbers have a bit more realism.

    To me, Cabaret and Chicago (especially Cabaret) are much darker subjects. Though Curtains deals with a murder mystery and all that entails, the story itself is humorous, and in fact focuses more on love stories: lost love between the characters Georgia and Aaron, blooming love for Nikki and Cioffi, and strained love between mother and daughter duo Carmen and Bambi. But above all, Curtains is a tribute to the things that people love and enjoy most about musical theater.

    It really addresses the art of putting on a show and what that means to the people who do it. The infamous saying “The show must go on” really applies here, because these characters are still working hard to put on a great musical even while people are dropping like flies!

    It must be very special as an actor to put on a show that is in essence a tribute to musical theater. The New York Times wrote that Curtains is a declaration of passionate love for the theater. Will audiences see that reflected in this production?

    Most definitely! There are so many wonderful lines in the script that support this, and it’s a joy to get to play them out. The song “Show People” is essentially that declaration in a nutshell. I think that moving forward in the coming tech/dress week, our cast will continue to build relationships and energies on stage that carry into the audience and leave them feeling that they belong in this world, too.

    The lead character of the musical is Detective Frank Cioffi, who comes in to solve a murder mystery, but really brings these characters and their love of what they do back to life. And I’m sure audiences will relate to his love of theater. As Nikki, you get to interact a lot with Frank. Tell me a bit about these characters and what it has been like developing them in the rehearsal process.

    Oh I could gush about Ross (Frank Cioffi) forever! He’s so wonderful to work with, because he is always prepared, always willing to try new things, and handles carrying the show with such grace. Plus he makes me laugh, and we can be nerds together. I feel this is the key to being a successful onstage pair! Our character development has been really fun for me because we get to portray a charmingly awkward duo who find a real connection amid the murder mystery, and I think that allows us to play around a lot. Nikki and Frank’s storyline is wonderful because they are so genuine and earnest with each other. Separately, what Nikki’s role might be in the mystery of the whodunit has been great to explore as well.

    What have you personally related to as you’ve put this show together? And what will our readers relate to when they see it at Hillbarn?

    I think that any role I have performed reasonably well has been a natural extension of my own personality. So, I can relate to Nikki’s eagerness, her awkwardness and her desire to do the right thing. I also really get her when she says “I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life” in relation to being an actor. It’s a feeling I genuinely have. The characters in this show are so varied and it’s such a big ensemble piece that there will be someone for everyone to connect to. Truly. Each person onstage has a story to tell, and the audience will find someone whose journey resonates with them, I’ve no doubt.

    As the sets, costumes, music and more come together, what can you tell BroadwayWorld’s readers to expect from Hillbarn’s production?

    Expect to laugh! A lot! To be moved, and surprised. Expect to leave feeling like you were a part of something special, because I truly think it will be.

    Winner! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical

    "At its core, Curtains is not a detective story. It's a declaration of love, passionate love, for the theater."
    –The New York Times