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.
With a singing style that is as strong as Theresa May’s record on supporting the police and an accent that is as stable as the content of her manifesto, it’s a bold move to make Miranda Hart the above the title star of this production of Annie, the first in London this millennium. To be fair though, unlike May she’s willing to work well with others.
Full cast has been announced for the upcoming West End revival of ANNIE, which stars Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan and starts rehearsals today.
Crucially, Foster’s production doesn’t skimp on ambition or scope in its evocation of late 1950s Americana as Colin Richmond’s design uses the full width and height of the stage and Nick Winston’s choreography expands to fill the space.