Mystery drives musical comedy


Fans of just about every theater genre should find something to like in Woodside High School's upcoming production of "Curtains," a musical comedy whodunit that will have its Peninsula premiere at Woodside High School's Performing Arts Center on March 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13.

"Curtains" — from the Broadway creators of "Cabaret" and "Chicago" — is set in 1959 Boston, and concerns what happens when the exceptionally untalented star of "Robbin' Hood of the Old West" is murdered during her opening-night curtain call.

A Boston police detective is called in to solve the case, but finds that almost every member of the company had a motive to wish the leading lady dead. As he tries to find the murderer, the company attempts to go on with the show, while the detective falls for one of the cast members.

Broadway legends John Kander and Fred Ebb (creators of "Chicago" and "Cabaret") created the music and lyrics, with book by Rupert Holmes.

Starring in the production are Chloe Jury-Fogel of Redwood City, Shani Taylor Keeling of Portola Valley, and Audrey Baker, Kyle Trager and Grant Adams of Redwood City. Other cast members include Elayne Hovsmith, Brigitte Losey and LeeAnn Patrick of Woodside, and Clary Sawyer of Menlo Park. Barry Woodruff directs the show.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students of high school age or younger. Group discounts of $2 per ticket are available for groups of 20 or more.

Call the Performing Arts Center ticket booth at 650-367-9750, ext. 4851. Starting Feb. 24, tickets will also be sold at the box office after school, from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, March 5 and 6 and March 12 and 13. There is also a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 7.

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