April 07, 2010

Jen Butler, Sam Nelson, Julia Frieri, Ryan Tomasello
Jen Butler, Sam Nelson, Julia Frieri, Ryan Tomasello

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Curtains," a musical theater/murder mystery by Rupert Holmes, in the Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall.

The three evening performances on April 16, 18 and 19 begin at 8 p.m.; the matinee performance on Saturday, April 17, begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8, $6 for senior citizens. Ticket reservations are available by calling the Bucknell Box Office at 577-1000, from the box office website, or at the door prior to each performance.

Uniquely original play
"Curtains" is directed by Gary Grant, professor of theater at Bucknell, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

"In this last collaboration by Kander and Ebb, Broadway's longest-running songwriting team, 'Curtains' mingles a parodic show-within-a-show homage to musical theater with a whodunit murder mystery," said Grant.

"When a detective who sings show tunes when not solving crimes finds himself backstage in the middle of the uproarious bedlam of theatrical egos and eccentricities, more murders and even a budding love affair, you know that you have hopped on to a uniquely original musical adventure ride," he said.

With a unique blend of beautiful love ballads, clever lyrics and show-stopping dance numbers, 'Curtains' was nominated for several Tony awards during its run on Broadway in 2008. Other Kander and Ebb collaborations include "Chicago" and "Cabaret."

Contact: Division of Communications


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