The cast has been announced for the UK premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical which begins performances at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on 12 November 2021, with press night on 8 December 2021.
Having last been seen in the West End in 2012, Chicago still proves to be a popular and sassy musical with an exquisite layer of dark humour at the centre of it, focusing on the darker side of fame.
The tale of murder, deception and glamour is played out against the backdrop of Cook County Jail, where dazzling black costumes and stage lights replace orange jumpsuits and jail bars. The media’s morbid fascination with some of its more attractive criminals enables Roxie and Velma to engineer a route to a new life of celebrity.
David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical CHICAGO, has announced that one of Britain’s most-loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace, will play the role of ‘Mama Morton’.
Murderously merry: The musical Chicago is based on a Twenties stage show of the same name, but it’s skewering of ‘celebrity criminals’ makes its story as relevant today as ever it was. Mind, audiences don’t come for relevancy, they come for the songs of Kander & Ebb, the choreography of Bob Fosse and the star performances.
Revisiting a show you know and love can be like seeing an old friend after some time apart. There’s a reassuring familiarity but you can’t help noticing a few things are different since you last met. So it was when I revisited Chicago at the Mayflower Theatre last night.
I’ve seen many productions of Chicago, own the DVD of the infamous 2002 film and even pleaded “not guilty” in a production myself. So to say I was excited to see this tour hit my local theatre would be an understatement.