COMEDIAN Jason Manford is to star in a new production of Tony Award-winning Curtains.

The musical, by the creators of Cabaret and Chicago, tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, a Broadway star who has been murdered on stage on the opening night of a show.

All the cast and crew are suspects so it is time to call in the detective Frank Cioffi (Jason Manford) 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 while giving the show a lifeline.

Jason has recently made a name for himself on the stage, playing Caractacus Potts in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Leo Bloom in the UK tour of The Producers.

In London the 37-year-old has also portrayed Pirelli’ in Sweeney Todd and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.

In 2017 Jason released his debut album, A Different Stage, which reached top 10 in the UK Charts.

He has toured internationally as a stand-up comedian, and is a popular face on TV, appearing on the likes of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, QI, Big Fat Quiz of the Year and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

A man of many talents, Jason was also nominated for Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards for his role as Marty in BBC's Ordinary Lies, filmed in Warrington.

Curtains is at the Palace theatre in Manchester from October 8 to 12 and Liverpool Empire from January 28 to February 1, 2020.

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