Last night Style of the City attended the opening performance of Curtains: A Musical Whodunnit at The New Theatre in Cardiff. An all-star cast, featuring comedian Jason Manford, Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Aduba and Carley Stenson (Hollyoaks), the jampacked whodunnit is full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and is a plot twist galore.

A murderer is among the cast of a new musical débuting in Brooklyn. 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 and the local detective, Frank Cioffi played by Jason Manford, just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, the detective had his work cut out for him, by trying to find the killer amongst the cast and giving the show a needed lifeline.

Curtains The Musical
©The Other Richard

The Tony award-winning backstage murder mystery musical had the audience laughing in every scene and guessing who the murderer was right until the final curtain. The musical gives the audience a backstage glimpse into the work, drama, and feuds that go into making a production.

Janson Manford stunned the audience with his Brooklyn accent, impressive vocal range, and his familiar comedic one-liners. The entire cast sang their hearts out, demonstrated technical dance routines and left the audience in awe in each scene, especially the performance of ‘The Woman’s Dead’ during Act 1. However, Rebecca Lock’s (Carmen Bernstein) performance of ‘Show People’ gripped the audience from the get-go.

Curtains: A Musical Whodunnit, is at The New Theatre until Thursday the 17th of October.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what’s-on/curtains/

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