Here's the gist
Curtains is a musical who-dun-it while doing it - The year: 1959. The place: Boston's Colonial Theatre. The action: an opening night performance of a new musical of the Old West called Robbin' Hood.
During the finale, lead actress (and faded movie star) Jessica Cranshaw hits a sour note. Or two. Or three. She really can't sing, can't dance and can't act - something evident to the rest of the cast, the producers and the first night audience. As she takes her bow, she collapses, (gracefully for once) and is quickly, to everyone's relief, rushed off to the hospital. There is an immediate interest in replacing her even temporarily, when the news comes that they may need a more permanent arrangement.
Enter Homicide Detective Lt. Cioffi whose appearance and investigation sets off a chain reaction of maneuvers and counters. The show, of course, must go on, and on it goes with new cast members, new numbers and even Cioffi - an amateur thespian himself - getting into the act. It's an immense puzzle of a crime with romance (as in every good detective story) thrown in for good measure. And it's no puzzle at all that Curtains, which opened in March of 2007 for 511 performances, received multiple award nominations.
Ryan Sparkes as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi
Ali Niemiec as Niki Harris
Ashley Squairs as Georgia Hendricks
Marissa McLean as Carmen Bernstein
Brian Scott as Aaron Fox
Nick Augello as Christopher Belling
David Kahrs as Sidney Bernstein
Emily Gell as Bambi Berne't
Robert Kahrs as Daryl Grady
Sean Honsinger as Bobby Pepper
Stephen Moynihan as Oscar Shapiro
Cheryl Chapman as Joanie Harmon
Mackenzie Polzin as Jessica Cranshaw
David Magowan as Detective O'Farrell
Colin Keating as Sasha Iljinsky
John Arquette, III as Harv Freemont
Stephanie Dalaba as Roberta Wooster
Megan Mahar as Mona Page
Matt Noll as Randy Dexter
Ali Niemiec, left, as Niki Harris, and Ryan Sparkes, as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, examine a gun in a scene from Baker High School's production of the musical "Curtains."