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The cast in “Curtains” promises an engaging and amusing
experience in its productions on the weekends of April
12-14 and 19-21.
(Photo by Logan Bruneau ’16)

​Musical comedy 'Curtains' to be staged over two weekends

Be prepared to figure out “whodunit” on the stage at Providence College.

On the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21, the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film will present Curtains, the 2007 Broadway hit musical, in the Smith Center for the Arts. Guest director Jimmy Calitri returns to the Angell Blackfriars Theatre for the third time after directing The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (2011) and Lend Me a Tenor (2012).

More than 60 PC students are involved in the production as cast members, stage managers, running crew, and other positions behind the scenes.

Curtains is a classic comedy with a decidedly un-classic twist. A new musical tries out in Boston — and dies. Unfortunately, so does the leading lady, along with several other not-so-likable characters. The Boston police detective sent to solve the crimes also sets out to save the show, with hilarious results.

The production is a tribute to musical theatre, spoofing many of the great musicals of the past while still declaring a passionate love for the theatre — and for the people who make theatre happen.

Curtains is based on the book by Rupert Holmes, an accomplished pop songwriter, with hits including “Escape" (The Piña Colada Song), “Answering Machine,” and “Him.”

Curtains is the final of three main-stage student productions this academic year. It will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone (401-865-2218), or at the box office in the Smith Center for the Arts. Hours are Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., as well as an hour before shows.

Tickets are $5.00 for students, $10.00 for senior citizens and PC faculty and staff, and $15.00 for the general public.

— John Larson

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