Carley Stenson, Jason Manford
Curtains – A hilarious musical comedy romp
It's Curtains. It premiered on Broadway in 2007. Now it's due for its UK premiere at Wyndhams theatre, set to add loads of comedy sparkle to the festive season and into the New Year. Welcome to the funniest show for ages, starring the brilliant Jason Manford, stand-up genius, talented actor and incredibly good singer. What a great winter treat!
The story? It’s literally murder putting on a new musical, and when the star of a new Broadway-quality show called Robbin Hood - Jessica Cranshaw – is murdered on stage on the opening night, every member of the cast and crew is under suspicion. When they call in detective Frank Cioffi, who is a massive musical theatre fan with an uncanny nose for crime and an equally uncanny ear for music, he's tasked with throwing the show a lifeline as well as solving the murder.
Jason Manford has delighted audiences with The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls and much more. Carley Stenson, who stars as Georgia Hendricks, has thrilled us with roles in Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Spamalot and of course the telly soap phenomenon Hollyoaks. The musical comes fresh from the talented creators of Cabaret and Chicago, and it's a Tony award-winning show.
If you're looking for a festive special to add lots of good cheer to the season, this awesomely silly, wonderfully funny backstage murder mystery musical of a whodunnit is jammed with catchy show tunes and stars zillions of unforgettable characters. There are so many twists to the plot you won't know whether you're coming or going... in a good way!
You'll love watching Rebecca Lock play Carmen Bernstein, Samuel Holmes as Christopher Belling and Leah Barbara West as Niki Harris. Alan Burkitt plays Bobby Pepper and Andy Coxon is Aaron Fox. The dazzlingly good cast also includes Emma Caffrey as Bambi Bernet, Adam Rhys-Charles as Daryl Grady, Martin Callaghan as Oscar Shapiro, Minal Patel as Johnny Harmon and Mark Sangster as Sidney Bernstein. Plus J.R. Ballantyne, Kathryn Barnes, Pamela Blair, Charlie Johnson, Robin Kent, Thomas-Lee Kid, Ben Mundy, Gleanne Purcell Brown, Samuel John-Humphreys and Nia Jermin.
When this splendid Kander and Ebb musical premiered on Broadway the production was nominated for eight Tony awards. David Hyde Pierce won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the policeman Frank Cioffi. The production team includes DLAP Entertainment and Walport Productions. The music is, of course, by the superb John Kander and the lyrics by Fred Ebb. The book's by Rupert Holmes, and the original book and concept were by Peter Stone. It's directed by Paul Foster, the choreographer is Alistair David, and the Musical Supervisor and Arrangements come from Sarah Travis. Set design comes from David Woodhead and the Casting Director is Jim Arnold CDG.
After the West End run the show will continue a tour of the UK, including the New Wimbledon theatre, Sunderland, Liverpool, Llandudno, Norwich, Northampton, Blackpool, Glasgow, Leicester, Wolverhampton and finally Southampton's magnificent Mayflower theatre.
Who is this show for?
This hilarious comedy romp is recommended for people aged 12 plus.