Curtains is a musical, comedy, murder mystery by John Kander and Fred Ebb. But don't be fooled. There's more to Curtains than meets the eye. It's the ultimate whodunit that packs in murder, romance and showbiz pizazz. This passionate and mysterious musical has everyone pointing fingers when the production company's leading lady drops dead before the final curtain close. It appeared her questionable talent was affecting box office sales. Not only was the producer wondering how to get rid of her but multiple cast members felt strongly that they had the talent to lead the show and bring in the dollars. So what was holding them back from pursuing their dreams? You'll be left wondering 'whodunit' and just when you think you've figured it outÂ…another murder.
The production is a musical within a musical which is differentiated by 1950s costumes and grand western costumes when performing the Robin Hood production. The theatre itself is a visual treat with its beautiful, royal red curtains and a revolving stage that allows you to peek at the strategically placed orchestra. Seating is on a 45-degree angle and we were seated in the very back row of the theatre giving us a bird's eye view.
The show certainly started with a bang, making it very obvious of the high calibre of talent who expounded energy with exceptional voices and dance moves. All cast members gave their all and looked like they were having the time of their lives. Georgia, played by Genevieve Tree gave an exceptional performance, her voice effortlessly serenading the audience. Bambi, played by Lauren Conway was endearing, adding her own sparkle to the production. Frank Cioffi, played by Tony Campbell gave a strong performance. Producer, Carmen, played by Fiona Buchanan had a commanding presence. It was easy to see she was no stranger to the stage. Niki was played by Lauren-Lee Innis-Youren. Her scene where she's holding the gun was hilarious. Credit also to William Fox who played Aaron and had a strong stage presence and impressive vocals.
Director, Andrew Cockroft-Penman, Musical Director, Julie Whiting and Choreographer Jackson Kook made putting on a musical look easy. There's no question of their creative talents and ability to choose exceptional cast and crew to ensure the audience is not disappointed. Community theatre operates on small budgets and it's apparent that this team of creative geniuses were able to create magic regardless of the budget. The outstanding set design, costumes, lighting and music were of a very high standard. I loved the use of the spotlight and the smoke machine, not to mention the orchestra who were brilliant.
The spectacular array of costumes contributed immensely to the visual appeal of the production. Although there were many great songs, 'Thataway!' was the one that took my breath away. It was quite outstanding. Curtains is suitable for all ages. I encourage you to book tickets and get a little taste of Broadway in the heart of Beenleigh.
Beenleigh Theatre is a small intimate theatre with 45 degree angled seating. Come early and enjoy a drink and snack. Beenleigh Theatre is a licensed venue offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.