New Wimbledon Theatre presented the latest touring production of the “sleek and sassy” successful West End musical Chicago. Set in the heart of 1920s America, the inner moral compass has virtually vanished, underground clubs are a common part of the social landscape and literally anything goes.
Theatre, still recovering from economic and talent loss, following Covid-19 is understandably taking a safe approach to productions.
Chicago’s tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery whispers back into the Edinburgh Playhouse with a thrum of double bass, a twitching off-beat on the drums and a haunting moan of muted trumpet.
The Show Must Go On is an immersive, cabaret dining experience which packs a punch. The night is complete with a three hour show, a two course meal, a welcome cocktail and bottomless Prosecco, you couldn’t really ask for more.
Set to dazzle and divert, the Broadway revival of Chicago returns for its third Melbourne sentence with as sexy and sinewy a company of dancers as could possibly be wished for.
Caroline Flack will star as Roxie Hart in Chicago from 10 December 2018 until the end of the show’s run at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 January 2019.
Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, American Idol and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall will star as Billy Flynn in Chicago from 19 November 2018 until the end of the show’s run at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 January 2019.
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.
Chicago must be praised for not pulling punches in exploring subtexts around gender politics and in integrating serious themes with a thoroughly entertaining show.
Thanks to the strong casting, there seems to be a new lease of life in this classic production of Ebb and Kander’s musical Chicago.
News, reviews, interviews, commentary and farewells from London, New York and beyond, including The Stage Debut Awards, Sylvia at the Old Vic and regional openings in Chichester and Bristol.
Laura Tyrer will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Velma Kelly from Monday 24 September through to Saturday 6 October 2018. Tyrer joins Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Duncan James as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.
Mark Shenton rounds up the latest news, reviews, podcasts and more from London and Broadway, including Prince Harry at Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda at Southwark Playhouse.
Star of stage and screen Denise Van Outen will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Velma Kelly from 24 September 2018 through to 17 November 2018.
Mark Shenton offers a wrap-up of news from the West End, Broadway and Edinburgh, including the West End transfer of Waitress, Edward Hall saying farewell to Hampstead Theatre and Laura Benanti joining My Fair Lady on Broadway.
From Monday 10 September 2018, Duncan James will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Billy Flynn, a role he originally played in 2008.
Alexandra Burke will return to the starring role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in the forthcoming tour of THE BODYGUARD opening at Glasgow Theatre Royal on 3 December 2018. It follows her imminent West End turn as Roxie Hart in Chicago.
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.
There’s a new Billy in town – Martin Kemp takes over the role from Cuba Gooding Jr on 2 July 2018. I caught up with Martin during rehearsals.
In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by two-time Olivier Award winner David Bedella. David talks about growing up in Gary, Lake County, Indiana to a family who worked in the steel industry, his showbiz inspirations and challenges.