In considering the musical numbers for Curtains, the songs for the "show within a show" (Robbin' Hood) seemed relatively weak and mundane, possibly deliberately so, since that show was supposed to be a flop. By contrast, the songs that dealt with the interactions of the theatre company behind the scenes, including the fallout of the murder and subsequent investigation, were witty, humorous, touching and inspired.
The musical accompaniment was provided by an on-stage band that consisted of two pianists and a percussionist. In several scenes within Curtains, songwriter Aaron Fox wheeled out a piano and tried to compose a song. While he actually played a few bars on his piano, the actual music was coming from the band's pianos. This is very similar staging to the musical Marry Me A Little which played at the Tarragon theatre.
Curtains was a delightful and entertaining show to add to my long list of musical theatre viewing pleasures. It had many memorable songs, an interesting plot, and some corny jokes and clever puns that were delivered with aplomb and great comedic timing by the group of very talented young actors. In addition to the performances, this was a very professionally mounted production with excellent costumes, sets, lighting and musical accompaniment. I look forward to watching more productions by the alumni of the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts.
**Special thanks to Raph Nogal Photography for allowing the use of his beautiful photographs of the Randolph Academy production of Curtains.