CURTAINS - A MUSICAL WHODUNNIT
New Theatre, Cardiff
16 October 2019 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
The New Theatre write,"It's murder putting on a new musical - literally! 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), 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." Very very excellent. Ever been to see a musical that you know none of the songs to, but you're able to still sing and bop along to anyway? This was one such musical. Pleased to report that to my (non-American) ears, none of the cast had bad pretend American accents. Quite the opposite in fact. In other news, I have only ever known Jason Manford from TV presenting and stand up comedy. Was very pleasantly surprised by him in this. He was seriously good. The show was camp and overacted in all the right places. It was genuinely LOL funny throughout. It was completely crowd-pleasing and jovial. It was all-in-all a triumph.
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