Review: Curtains, Theatre Royal Norwich
Well, this is a slightly bonkers show - and all the better for it!
It is certainly a refreshing new production with a new take on that popular genre of musical comedy and it is all set within a murder mystery framework. Confusing, eh?
Yet its credentials are good as it is from the creators of Chicago and Cabaret (Kander and Ebb), so expect slick lyrics and bouncy tunes.
The plot is something of a whodunnit, with people involved in a rather second-rate musical getting bumped off - and you won’t guess the murderer, I can assure you.
Top stand up Jason Manford takes the lead as musical loving Boston detective, Frank Cioffi, and reveals a rather splendid voice with perfect comic timing, too, while Carley Stenson is the song writer Georgia, going back to her roots as a performer.
I thoroughly enjoyed Samuel Holmes as the English director, Christopher, and Rebecca Lock is brilliant as the super tough producer, Carmen, who doesn’t consider stopping the show just because three people have died.
It’s a pretty frenetic show, with a couple of really great numbers like The Woman's Dead and Show People, and has something of a cult following - and you can see why!
The show continues until Saturday