'Curtains' going up at Mac-Haydn

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CHATHAM, N.Y. — The Mac-Haydn Theatre's 2019 season continues Thursday with the opening of the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Rupert Holmes musical comedy, "Curtains." The show runs through June 16.

The musical — which is making its first Mac-Haydn appearance — is set on the opening night of a Broadway bound musical at the Colonial Theatre in Boston during which the leading lady mysteriously dies onstage. The cast and crew are all suspects when the leading detective shows up to crack the case and save the show.

Colin Pritchard returns to the Mac-Haydn in the role of Lieutenant Frank Cioffi. He was last seen in 2018 as Bill Austin in "Mamma Mia!" He also has been in MHT's productions of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Hairspray," "Young Frankenstein" and "Crazy for You." Other credits include tours of "Billy Elliot" and "42nd Street."

Mac-Haydn veteran Monica Wemitt returns to the stage as the show's co-producer Carmen Bernstein. Past credits at Mac-Haydn include "On the Twentieth Century," "The Music Man," "Beauty and the Beast," "Les Miserables" and "Young Frankenstein." She has toured nationally and internationally with "Hello, Dolly!" "Beauty and the Beast" and "Liza Steppin' Out."

Also in the cast are Rachel Pantazis in her Mac-Haydn debut as ingenue Niki Harris; Mac-Haydn veteran Steve Hassmer as comedic composer Aaron Fox; and Mac-Haydn newcomer Leigh Martha Klinger as Fox's songwriting partner, Georgia Hendricks.

"Curtains is directed and choreographed by Courtney Laine Self.

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8; Sunday evenings at 7; Thursday and Sunday afternoons at 2; Saturday afternoons at 4; and Wednesday afternoon, June 12, at 2.

The theater is at 1925 Route 203.

Complete ticket information is available online at machaydntheatre.org or by phone at 518-392-9292.

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