Due to popular demand, Alexandra Burke and Duncan James will extend their runs in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Burke will play Roxie Hart until 10 November 2018 and James will play Billy Flynn until 17 November. Laura Tyrer will play Velma Kelly until 20 October followed by Josefina Gabrielle who returns to the role of Velma Kelly from 22 October to 5 January 2019.
Mazz Murray continues to play Mama Morton and Paul Rider continues to play Amos Hart. Chicago is booking until Saturday 5 January 2019. Burke will not appear from 15-24 October and James will not appear from 6-12 November. Sarah Soetaert will play the role of Roxie Hart between 15-24 October.
Following a successful UK and international tour, and after a five and a half year absence from London, the Kander and Ebb musical, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, began performances at the Phoenix Theatre in London on 26 March 2018, with a press night on 11 April.
Since it opened in New York in 1996, Chicago has played in 36 countries worldwide, and been performed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, French, Danish, Japanese and Korean. It has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide and has played over 32,500 performances worldwide, with an estimated 31 million people around the world having seen the musical. Chicago continues to play on Broadway, where it celebrated its 21st birthday last year, and around the world in multiple languages.
The show is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.
Alexandra Burke rose to fame in 2008 after winning the fifth series of ITV’s The X Factor. Her winner’s single, ‘Hallelujah’, reached number one in the UK Christmas Chart and went on to be crowned the top-selling single of 2008 and sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone. Her theatre roles include Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (London & UK tour), Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (UK Tour), and, most recently, Svetlana Sergievsky in the five-week revival of Chess at the London Coliseum. In 2017, Burke was a finalist in BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Earlier this year, she released her third album, The Truth Is.
Duncan James was most recently seen playing the role of Ryan in the popular Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. James rose to fame as one-quarter of the band Blue, which, to date, has had 40 Number One singles worldwide, three Number One UK albums and sales of over 16 million records. His other previous theatre appearances include Tick in the UK Tour of Pricilla Queen of the Desert and Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre.