Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment have announced full casting for the UK tour of the Tony award winning musical Curtains, which stars the previously announced Jason Manford as Detective ‘Frank Cioffi’.
Joining Jason will be television presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba who will play Aaron Fox in selected venues.
Completing the cast is musical theatre actress Carley Stenson as Georgia Hendriks, Rebecca Lock as Carmen, Samuel Holmes as Christopher Belling, Leah West as Niki Harris and Alan Burkitt as Bobby. They are all joined by Emma Caffrey as Bambi, Adam Rhys-Charles as Daryl Grady, Martin Callaghan as Oscar Shapiro, Minal Petal as Johnny Harmon and Mark Sangster as Sidney. Joining them in the ensemble is Kathryn Barnes, Pamela Blair, Charlie Johnson, Kate Ivory Jordan, Robin Kent, Thomas Lee-Kid, Ben Mundy, Gleanne Purcell-Brown and Samuel John-Humphreys.
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.
The producing team is made up of Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for DLAP Entertainment. The production was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergere, Ted Hartley and Center Theatre Group. The American Premiere was produced at The Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group, LA’s Theatre Company.
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 supervision and 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.
Curtains will tour the UK and Ireland until 4 April 2020.
Photo credit: Seamus Ryan