Sunday, 21 August 2016
John Kander and Fred Ebb were the masterful combination who created some outstanding musicals including, perhaps most notably, 'Chicago' and 'Cabaret'. Their last work together was 'Curtains' which is set in a theatre and is somewhat of a whodunnit as the leading lady is murdered during a rehearsal and a theatre-struck detective is called in to solve the case.
The musical is currently playing a limited season in Melbourne through The Production Company.
The musical is tuneful and contains some clever wordplay lyrics. The staging is professional and energetic. Unfortunately the plot is rather light and frivolous so that dramatically this is not a patch on the two earlier mentioned works.
Old fashioned and quaint.