When Chicago first opened in London it ran for 15 years, cementing it's place as the longest ever West End revival. First opening at the Adelphi Theatre in November 1997, it became one of the hottest tickets in town after receiving the Olivier Award and Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and later transferred to the Cambridge Theatre and then onto the Garrick Theatre.
Chicago features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ferd Ebb and Bob Fosse. The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name, set in prohibition era Chicago during the roaring twenties, which documents the real life crimes experienced by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins.
The musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl sent to prison for the murder of her lover, who meets celebrity starlet and criminal Velma Kelly as well as the charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn. Obsessed with fame, she attempts to rise to stardom while getting away with murder. Chicago was brought to international acclaim due to its release as a 2002 film, featuring the all-star cast of Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.
Casting for the 2018 West End show includes Duncan James as Billy Flynn, alongside theatre legend Mazz Murray as Mama Morton, Laura Tyrer as Velma Kelly and theatre's Alexandra Burke (The Bodyguard, Chess) as Roxie Hart, with Paul Rider who reprises his role as Amos Hart. From 22 October, Josefina Gabrielle reprises her role as Velma. Sarah Soetaert plays the part of Roxie Hart between 15 and 24 October.
Further casting includes Alan Richardson as Mary Sunshine, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Chelsea Labadini, Joanna Rennie, Abramo Ciullo, Francis Foreman, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot, Callum Macdonald, Chris Warner Drake and Matthew Wesley.
With red-hot choreography by legendary Bob Fosse and a sizzling score featuring the classing songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, Chicago is so good it should be illegal. Set to be one of the most excited openings of 2018, Chicago plays at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End from 26 March 2018 to 5 January 2019.
Recommended forChicago truly is a must see for any fans of the film adaptation who have never got a chance to experience it on the London stage, or those who saw it before but just cannot wait to go again. As one of the world’s best loved shows, it is perfect for anyone who loves big theatrical numbers and expert choreography.
Age Recommendations: Recommended 13+