Curtains is great showcase for Jason Manford. The role of Frank Cioffi, the musical theatre loving detective who puts a Boston theatre and the cast of its failing show on lockdown after the murder of its leading lady, undoubtedly suits Manford . His character is likeable, along with his charm as the lonely lieutenant becomes as embroiled in fixing the production’s problems as he is with catching the culprit.
The show is lots of fun however the mystery element never really gets going. The music performed by a nine piece band contains little in the way of memorable tunes but don’t let this put you off.
Ensemble numbers such as The Woman’s Dead and Show People with Alistair David’s original choreography and Ebb’s witty lyrics are worth a listen. Rebecca Lock stands out as the show’s acerbic producer and Samuel Holmes’ camp arch director spitting out his putdowns with comic precision also stands out.
The evening sweeps us along in the mystery of whodunnit, in a funny and harmless way that is pure escapism.
Tickets for Curtains are on sale for Theatre Card holders now available from the Regent Theatre Box Office counter, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke