Friends University to Present ‘Curtains’ During Homecoming Week

News Date: 
Mon. 10/08/2012

Take a step back to the late 1950s and enjoy the homecoming musical presentation of “Curtains” by the Friends University Theatre program. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for seniors and students.

“Curtains” is an original musical comedy written by Rupert Holmes (multiple Tony Award-winner for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “Say Goodnight Gracie”), music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (the Tony Award-winning songwriters of “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” "New York New York" and more), based on the original book and concept by Tony Award-winner Peter Stone (“1776,” “Titanic,” “The Will Rogers Follies”), and additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.

It's the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical, “Robbin’ Hood of the West” (set in Kansas). When the supremely untalented leading lady mysteriously dies on stage during her curtain call, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, Lt. Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan. He plans on not only solving the crime, but saving the show and maybe even finding love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself! The show was nominated for eight Tony Awards and nine Drama Desk Awards in 2007, including Best Musical.  

The Friends University production of this family friendly very funny musical will be directed by Kurt Priebe, assistant professor of drama and media, with musical direction by Rolaine Hetherington, assistant professor of music/applied voice).  

“This production will be a wonderful way to celebrate Homecoming at Friends and showcase our talented students,” said Dr. Stephen Eaves, chair of fine arts.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.

“Curtains,” by Rupert Holmes, Fredd Ebb and John Kander, is presented by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights, Worldwide.

For more information about this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or

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