A young starlet. A tragic death. Several different suspects, all made up in bright costumes that dance and sing along while they try to figure out who the real murderer is. That’s what audiences will get this summer in London at the Landor Theatre when they go see the new musical Curtains — and they’ll be able to keep guessing along with everyone else.
The production is set within the era of the 1950s and is a “play within a musical” or rather, a near-play when the show’s star named Jessica Cranshaw, dies suddenly on stage. It’s not long before the authorities are playing their part and everyone has a finger to point. Already showing on Broadway in 2006 to a huge success, the production now goes over the pond but is still based on the original book and concept written by Peter Stone.
The show in London will be based on the new book written by Rupert Holmes (but is still largely based on the original,) the music has been written by John Kander, and the lyrics by Fred Ebb. Direction will be done by Robert McWhir, Artistic Director at the Landor Theatre; Iain Vince Gatt will be the musical supervisor; and the choreography will be created by Robbie O’Reilly. These are the only seats that have been officially filled by the theatre so far; but a full list of cast and other production roles are soon to be announced.
Those who want to take in a great night of murder mystery can go see Curtains at the Landor Theatre from July 25 — September 1. With only a six-week engagement, these tickets won’t last long!