"Curtains" is that rarest of theater rarities: a musical whodunit, created by a quartet of blue-chip Broadway names: book by Peter Stone ("1776") and Rupert Holmes ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood"), and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago," Zorbá", and many, many more). This 2007 show is actually half whodunit and half good old-fashioned musical: it is set in 1959, during the Boston tryout of a musical called "Robbin' Hood." When the show's conspicuously untalented leading lady is found dead, the show's cast and creators are all suspects: the theater is shut down by a cop, who is a musical theater fan himself, until the murderer is caught — of course, after a lot of red herring and theatrical in-jokes. David Hyde Pierce won a Tony Award for playing the detective in the original production, which also starred Rochester's John Bolton as a nasty theater critic (do they really have those?) Pittsford Musicals is giving "Curtains" its first local showing, and has assembled a large, multi-talented cast for this new good old-fashioned whodunit musical.
Pittsford Musicals presents "Curtains" on Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Pittsford Mendon High School Auditorium, 472 Mendon Road, Pittsford. 586-1500, pittsfordmusicals.org.