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Preview: Curtains The Musical at Sunderland Empire

Curtains The Musical
Sunderland Empire
Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 January 2020

Originally Produced on Broadway by Roger Berlin, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergere, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. American Premiere Produced at The Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group, LA’s Theatre Company.

Starring Jason Manford (comedy and theatre legend), Ore Oduba (Strictly Come Dancing winner) and Carley Stenson (Hollyoaks and West End performer), it’s a whodunit like no other with catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore! Sound familiar?

From the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago, this production tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, who 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.

Detective Frank Cioffi will be played by stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio and television presenter Jason Manford. Jason has many theatre credits to his name including playing ‘Caractacus Potts’ in the UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and ‘Leo Bloom’ in the UK Tour of The Producers. His London theatrical credits include playing ‘Pirelli’ in Sweeney Todd at The Adelphi Theatre and ‘Nathan Detroit’ in Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall. 
In 2017 Jason released his debut album A Different Stage which reached Top 10 in the UK Charts. He has toured internationally as a stand-up comedian, and is a popular face on UK television having appeared on programmes including Live At The Apollo (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), QI (BBC Two), Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). Jason was nominated for Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards for his role as ‘Marty’ in the BBC One drama Ordinary Lies.

The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP entertainment.

Music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb (Cabaret and Chicago), book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes.

The production will be directed by Paul Foster (Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun for Sheffield Crucible), choreographer is Alistair David (Ghost West End and UK tour and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Sound of Music both for Regent’s Park Open Air), Musical Supervisor & Arrangements are by Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), Set Design by David Woodhead, Costume Design by Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell, Sound Design is by Tom Marshall and Casting Director is Jim Arnold CDG.

Suitable for ages 12+

Photos: Richard Davenport

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