Broadway has sent us a lot of great shows this year, including direct transfers for Come from Away, Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen, in replica productions recreated by their original creative teams. We've also seen superb, all-new new British stagings of more offbeat Broadway titles like Falsettos, Amour and Amélie, not to forgot (though I'd rather do so) an almost entirely unnecessary revival of The Man of La Mancha.Now as a late entry, just under the wire for the Christmas season only, a...
Manford plays Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a Boston detective with a passion for musicals who is tasked with solving the mystery of a back-stake murder at a local theatre. The show first opened on Broadway in 2007, and was first seen in London in 2012 at the Landor Theatre in Clapham. It will get its West End premiere in December 2019.
Curtains is at Wyndham's Theatre from 13th December to 11th January, with tickets now on sale.
Jason Manford has previously appeared in musicals such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls, The Producers and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He has also hosted the Olivier Awards on two occasions - 2017 and 2019 - and in 2018, he released an album full of musical theatre hits titled A Different Stage.
Paul Foster directs this production, which tours the UK prior to its West End run at Wyndham's, with choreography from Alistair David, sets by David Woodhead, costumes by Gabriella Slade, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound design by Tom Marshall.
Curtains is based on the original concept by Peter Stone, and the musical has a book by Rupert Holmes, music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Kander and Ebb are responsible for musicals the likes of Chicago and Cabaret.
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Cast and creative
By: Rupert Holmes
Songs by: Fred Ebb and John Kander
Director: Paul Foster
Cast list: Jason Manford, Carley Stenson, Ore Oduba, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes, Leah Barbara West, Alan Burkitt, Martin Callaghan, Emma Caffrey, Nia Jermin, Adam Rhys-Charles, Mark Sangster, Minal Patel, Kate Ivory Jordan, Charlie Johnson, Gleanne Purcell-Brown, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Samuel John-Humphreys, J.R. Ballentyne
Design: David Woodhead
Lighting: Tim Mitchell
Costume: Gabriella Slade
Choreography: Alistair David
Sound: Tom Marshall