Review: Curtains – Starring Jason Manford at the Grand Opera House

Curtains is a “must see” hilarious new musical whodunit

From the Tony Award-winning creators of ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago’, the Curtains UK Tour tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, who has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline. Book now!

If you are a fan of Cabaret and Chicago then go and see Curtains.  It was written by the same writers, Kander and Ebb and has fabulous music and great choreography.  Not only is it a musical, but a musical within a musical, in the style of Oklahoma and Seven Brides as well as a Columbo – Who Dunn It, so really there is something for everyone.

Jason Manford is the star struck Police detective assigned to the murder investigation, but due to his passion for amateur dramatics, also decides to rescues the cheesy western musical Robbin Hood from failure.  He nicely performs the part and turns into The Singing Detective.

There is a lot songs in the show, but ones that stood out was “What Kind of Man” about who would be heartless enough to be a critic, and another comic ensemble piece, “The Woman’s Dead” about their despised leading lady who has just been murdered.

The star of the show for me was Samuel Holmes who was brilliant as the director, Christopher Belling, an outrageously British caricature, who delivered the best comedy lines on the night.

I thought the show was clever, witty and thoroughly enjoyable musical mystery. The ‘play within a play’ and the whodunit work well together.

Highly Recommended – Book now!

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