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Murder mystery comes straight from Broadway to Barter Theatre

September 11th, 2015 2:30 pm by Community contributor

Murder mystery comes straight from Broadway to Barter Theatre

Johnny Harmon lies dead on the piano, but whodunit?

ABINGDON, Va.— “Curtains,” a Broadway musical, has finally been released for production by other professional theatres throughout the United States and now comes to Barter Theatre beginning September 25.

A murder-mystery-musical-comedy, “Curtains” comes to the Barter stage with something for everyone. With surprise twists and turns, “Curtains” brings to life the fun of a “whodunit” mystery with an extra dash of humor thrown in for good measure.

Richard Rose, who will direct “Curtains” said, “It is a musical meant to take you back to 1959 and the really golden age of musicals; to a time that life is fun, love is to be pursued, where film noir is the art from of the mystery movies, and where Alfred Hitchcock made some of the most popular entertainments at the movies.”

The cast of “Curtains” will include most of Barter’s Resident Acting Company. Nick Koesters will take on the role of Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a detective with a secret desire to be an actor, and two left feet. After a leading-lady dies on opening night, Cioffi is on the case to solve the murder, but will he catch a killer? Or, will he be offed himself?

“Curtains” is made possible by Dr. Anne Johnston, DDS. Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Virginia Commission for the Arts.

To purchase tickets to “Curtains,” call the Barter Theatre box office at 276-628-3991 or visit

This Barter Theatre production is directed by Richard Rose.

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