Celebrating its 21st Anniversary this year, this momentous revival opened on Broadway in 1996, before transferring to the West End shortly after and subsequently entertaining audiences all around the world.
When the musical first opened in London, it ran for 15 years, cementing Chicago’s place as the longest ever West End revival. Having opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 18th November 1997, it became one of the hottest tickets in town after receiving the Olivier Award and Critics Circle Award for best musical.
Through transfers from the Adelphi Theatre, to the Cambridge Theatre and then onto the Garrick Theatre, the show was seen by thousands of audience members, becoming a true fan favourite.
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 during that era.
The musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl who is sent to prison for the murder of her lover, who meets celebrity starlet and criminal Velma Kelly as well as the rather 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, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah. Casting for the 2018 West End show includes Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr as Billy Flynn.
The movie was a worldwide financial and critical success, being described as Roger Eber as "big, brassy fun” and often being credited with a reemergence of musical movies, with Moulin Rouge, Mamma Mia! and Enchanted having swiftly followed it. Chicago also received a huge range of nominations and wins during awards season, even winning the acclaimed Best Picture Oscar.
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 is set to begin performances at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End on 26th March, with tickets currently available until 30th June 2018.
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: Suitable for 13+