Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, 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.
Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls) and Carley Stenson (Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Spamalot and Hollyoaks), this hilarious whodunnit is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore! From creators of Cabaret and Chicago, this Tony award-winning backstage murder mystery musical will have audiences laughing and guessing right to the final curtain.
It has all the ingredients of a perfect bake, though it takes some time to warm up
I thoroughly adored this most knowing of Broadway musicals, delightfully directed by Paul Foster and energetically choreographed by Alistair David
Still it is two hours and 45 minutes of great classic musical entertainment of the kind too rarely seen in the West End nowadays
Curtains The Musical needs to pull itself together
Sadly, it seems this musical whodunnit, although enjoyable, seems to just miss the mark
So, while Curtains boasts a fair share of puckish, amusing musical numbers, it suffers from a few extended episodes where things get meandering and monotonous
Too much filler, not enough killer
Jason Manford beguiles, but this production takes too long to get the job done
Jason Manford is a charming, showtune-obsessed homicide cop in this fun companion to Chicago and Cabaret
Undeniably jolly good fun, combining the best elements of a ‘whodunnit’ with the glitz and glamour of showbiz
Late-arrival to the West End is broad, brash - and delightful
Perhaps you want something other than panto or drama over the festive period. You could certainly do worse than this show. You could also certainly do better