Behind The 'Curtains'

Take a look backstage as Paper Mill Playhouse prepares to open its new musical comedy.

If you're going to be in the audience for Paper Mill's production of "Curtains,"  one thing you should know is that the actors are having as much fun as you are. Jumping into a mix of big production numbers, sardonic comedy and murder (and that's just in the first scene), the cast relishes the job. 

Backstage, one can feel the enthusiasm of the cast members as they do what every performer does before a show:  Costumes, wigs, makeup, stretches, moments of meditation. Unlike the ill-fated play within a play that is produced on stage, this is a cast that looks forward to getting out there and giving their all.

Robert Newman of "Guiding Light" heads the cast as a stage-struck detective who is looking for clues and romance. Kim Zimmer, also a veteran of "Guiding Light" as well as "One Life To Live," said, "My favorite thing about 'Curtains' is standing in the wings and watching how hard our ensemble and fabulous dancers work every day and night."

The Kander and Ebb ("Chicago," "Cabaret") musical, which found great success on Broadway, including numerous Tony awards, "deserves a revival," says director Mark S. Hoebee.

"I am very excited to revisit this work with television stars Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman, who  bring a new energy to this spirited musical comedy," he said. "An important part of Paper Mill Playhouse's mission is to breathe fresh life into American musicals. With Curtains, we have succeeded."

"Curtains" opens tonight (April 27) and runs through May 22. For ticket information visit  the Paper Mill website  or call (973) 376-4343.

debra Trebitz April 29, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Now this is some real photography


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