Alexandra Burke will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Roxie Hart from Monday 16 August through to Saturday 14 October 2018. She will join Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly and Paul Rider as Amos Hart. Kemp will be staying in the London production until 1 September 2018. Chicago is booking at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End until Saturday 5 January 2019.
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 one million copies in the UK alone.
Her theatre roles include Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (London and UK tour), Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (UK Tour), and, most recently, Svetlana Chess in the five-week revival of Chess at the London Coliseum. In 2017, Burke was a finalist in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Earlier this year, she released her third album, The Truth Is.
The multi award-winning Kander and Ebb musical Chicago, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, returned to London’s West End on 26 March 2018. The musical 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.
Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, making it the West End’s longest-running revival. It first opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 18 November 1997 and immediately became a sell-out hit. The show won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for Best Musical. Chicago transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006, where it ran for five years until 27 August 2011. The show then opened at the Garrick Theatre on 7 November 2011, where it ran until 1 September 2012.