Chicago
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Chicago is officially back home in London's West End and is now starring Martin Kemp, from pop legends Spandau Ballet and BBC's Eastenders, as Billy Flynn until 1 September.

Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, the sexiest, sassiest, most sophisticated Broadway musical in history is celebrating 21 years of standing ovations in style. The dazzling tale of jazz slayer Roxie Hart, her cell-block rival Velma Kelly and the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn has thrilled audiences across the world since 1996.

With the original Broadway choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and a sizzling score featuring the classic songs "Razzle Dazzle", "Cell Block Tango" and "All That Jazz", Chicago is so good it should be illegal.

Chicago is playing at the Phoenix Theatre until 5 January 2019.

Book now, it'd be a crime to miss it...
Evening Standard ★★★★
Fiona Mountford, 12th April 2018
'A real pleasure to have the old razzle-dazzle back in town'
'Slinky, Sultry, Sizzling'

Times ★★★★
Ann Treneman, 12th April 2018
'Sexy, cool, sophisticated'
'Josefina Gabrielle excels as the overshadowed double murderess Velma'
'Ruthie Henshall is a slinky no-nonsense Mama Morton'

Metro ★★★★
John Nathan 12th April 2018
'The sexiest musical ever'
'Cuba Gooding's on the money in Chicago'
'Sarah Soetaert - terrific (Roxie is terrifically played by Sarah Soetaert)'

Telegraph ★★★★
Ben Lawrence 11th April 2018
'A razzle-dazzle turn from classy Cuba Gooding Jnr'
'Class. Gooding shows he has that in spades.'
ALEXANDRA BURKE TO STAR AS ROXIE HART IN CHICAGO (25 JULY 2018)

Alexandra Burke will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Roxie Hart from Monday 13 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. Martin Kemp will be staying in the London production until 1 September 2018. The show is booking until Saturday 5 January 2019.

Alexandra Burke rose to fame in 2008 after winning the 5th 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 Chess in the five-week revival of Chess at the London Coliseum. In 2017, Alexandra was a finalist in BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing. Earlier this year, Alexandra released her third album, The Truth Is.

The multi award-winning Kander & Ebb musical, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, returned to London's West End in March this year.



MAZZ MURRAY JOINS MARTIN KEMP IN CHICAGO (4 JULY 2018)

Mazz Murray will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the title role of Mama Morton from Monday 2 July. Also joining the cast on 2 July will be the previously announced Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn. They will join Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Paul Rider as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and Amos Hart respectively.

Martin Kemp will be staying in the London production until 2 September 2018, with Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle, Mazz Murray and Paul Rider staying until 11 August 2018.

A new booking period has opened, with tickets available for performances from Monday 8 October to Saturday 5 January 2019.

Mazz Murray's previous theatre credits include nine years as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Mabel in Fame (Victoria Palace), Grandma Bertha in Pippin (Bridewell Theatre) and Dusty Springfield in A Girl Called Dusty (Duke of York's Theatre). On television, she has appeared in EastEnders and Footballers' Wives, and on film in John Boorman's Hope & Glory and the soon(to(be(released Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She has toured with Earth Wind & Fire and Billy Ocean as part of the band Woman the Band, and with Il Divo as a solo artist. Her debut solo album, Midnight Mazz, was released earlier this year.

The multi award-winning Kander & Ebb musical, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, returned to London's West End in March at the Phoenix Theatre.



MARTIN KEMP TO STAR AS BILLY FLYNN IN CHICAGO (23 MAY 2018)

Martin Kemp will star as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the multi award-winning Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End from Monday 2 July for a limited season until Saturday 1 September 2018. The rest of the cast who will be appearing alongside Martin Kemp are still to be announced.

Martin Kemp's acting credits include Reggie Kray alongside his brother Gary as Ronnie Kray in the film The Krays, Steve Owen in EastEnders, and Sam Phillips in the UK tour of Million Dollar Quartet. He is also, of course, one quarter of the band Spandau Ballet, and his book, True - An Autobiography of Martin Kemp, spent several months in The Sunday Times best sellers list. He also appeared as a judge on the BBC's Let It Shine, alongside Dannii Minogue and Gary Barlow.

Following a successful UK and international tour, and after a 5-year absence from London, the multi award-winning Kander & Ebb musical, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, began performances at the Phoenix Theatre in London in March. The current booking period is until 6 October 2018.

The cast for the first booking period, from 26 March to 30 June 2018, is led by Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle, Ruthie Henshall and Paul Rider as Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, Mama Morton and Amos Hart respectively.



CHICAGO BOOKING PERIOD EXTENDS TO OCTOBER; TICKETS NOW ON SALE (21 MARCH 2018)

Even before previews have begun, the producers of the Kander & Ebb musical Chicago, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, have extended the booking period at the Phoenix Theatre in London until 6 October 2018. Following a successful UK and international tour, and after a 5-year absence from London, the musical will open on Wednesday 11 April 2018, following previews from 26 March.

Casting for the new booking period will be announced nearer the time.

The cast for the first booking period, from 26 March to 30 June 2018, is led by Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabriell, Ruthie Henshall and Paul Rider. This cast will also feature Alan Richardson, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Chelsea Labadini, Joanna Rennie, Abramo Ciullo, Francis Foreman, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot, Callum Macdonald, Chris Warner Drake and Matthew Wesley.



FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHICAGO (14 MARCH 2018)

Joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall in the multi award-winning Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End, will be Paul Rider as Amos Hart. Following a successful UK and international tour, and after a 5-year absence from London, Chicago, the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, will open at the Phoenix Theatre on Wednesday 11 April 2018, following previews from 26 March.

Paul Rider previously played Amos in Chicago at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres. His recent theatre work includes A Woman of No Importance (Vaudeville), The Tempest, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V (Shakespeare's Globe), and Wilbur in the UK Tour of Hairspray. His television credits include Dinnerladies, Victoria Wood with all the Trimmings, French and Saunders, The Catherine Tate Show and EastEnders. Films include Topsy-Turvy and A Cock and Bull Story.

The cast will also feature Alan Richardson, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Chelsea Labadini, Joanna Rennie, Abramo Ciullo, Francis Foreman, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot, Callum Macdonald, Chris Warner Drake and Matthew Wesley.



THREE LEADING LADIES CONFIRMED FOR CHICAGO'S WEST END RETURN (19 FEBRUARY 2018)

Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall will be joining Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr, in the multi award-winning Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End. Following a successful UK and international tour, and after a 5 year absence from London, Chicago, the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, will begin performances at the Phoenix Theatre on Monday 26 March.

Sarah Soetaert will be recreating the role of Roxie Hart, the role she previously played at the Cambridge and Garrick Theatres. Her other theatre work includes Cats, Carousel, Fame, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, The Sound of Music and The Glenn Miller Story.

Josefina Gabrielle played the role of Roxie Hart at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres. She will now be making her debut as Velma Kelly. Josefina played Laurey Williams in Trevor Nunn's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, and she holds the distinction of being the first ever Laurey in any production of Oklahoma! to dance her own Dream Ballet, recreated especially for her by choreographer Susan Stroman. Josefina's other London and West End credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Hello, Dolly! opposite Samantha Spiro, Sweet Charity, Maria Friedman's production of Merrily We Roll Along, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.

Ruthie Henshall has the honour of being the only British actress to have played all three leading female roles in Chicago, having originated the role of Roxie Hart when the show first opened in London in 1997, then returning to play Velma Kelly, and now returning to the show to play Mama Morton. She also played Roxie and Velma on Broadway. Ruthie's musical theatre career spans four decades, beginning with Cats at the New London, followed by Miss Saigon, Children of Eden, Les Miserables, Crazy For You, Oliver!, She Loves Me (for which she won the Olivier Award), Peggy Sue Got Married, The Woman in White, Marguerite, and, most recently, Billy Elliot.

Further casting for Chicago is to be announced.



CUBA GOODING JR MAKES MUSICAL AND WEST END DEBUT IN CHICAGO (16 JANUARY 2018)

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr will make his British stage debut and his musical debut as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the multi award-winning Chicago at the West End's Phoenix Theatre this spring. Following a successful UK and international tour, and after a 5-year absence from London, Chicago, the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, will begin performances at the Phoenix Theatre on Monday 26 March 2018.

Cuba Gooding Jr's breakthrough role was as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), followed by A Few Good Men (1992), before winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Jerry Maguire (1996). Later films included As Good as It Gets (1997), Men of Honor (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), American Gangster (2007), The Butler (2013), and Selma (2014). In 2016, he portrayed OJ Simpson in the FX drama series The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-series or a Movie. In 2013, he made his Broadway theatre debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in the Tony Award-nominated production of The Trip to Bountiful.

Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, making it the West End's longest-running revival. It first opened at the Adelphi Theatre in November 1997 to rave reviews and immediately became a sell-out hit. It won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Musical Production' as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for 'Best Musical'. It then transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006, where it ran for five years until August 2011. The show then opened at the Garrick Theatre in November of that year, where it ran until September 2012.

Since it opened in New York in 1996, the hit musical 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 30,000 performances worldwide to an estimated 31 million people. It continues to play on Broadway, where it recently celebrated its 21st birthday, and is the world's longest-running American musical.

Further casting is to be announced.



THE RAZZLE DAZZLE RETURNS TO THE WEST END (21 DECEMBER 2017)

The world's longest running American musical, the multi award-winning Chicago, returns to London's West End after a 5-year absence. Following a successful UK and international tour, the show will be transferring into London, with performances at the Phoenix Theatre from Monday 26 March 2018. Tickets are now on sale.

Barry Weissler, who, along with his wife Fran, has produced the show in New York, London and around the world, said:
"This year we celebrated the production's 21st Anniversary and had our most successful year to date. Chicago is as relevant and timely as the day we opened. After spending the last several years touring throughout the UK it feels like we never really left, but we are thrilled to bring the Razzle Dazzle back to the West End."

Casting is to be announced.

Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, making it the West End's longest running revival. It first opened at the Adelphi Theatre in November 1997 to rave reviews 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. It transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006, where it ran for five years until August 2011. The show then opened at the Garrick Theatre in November 2011, where it ran until September 2012.

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 30,000 performances worldwide, with an estimated 31 million people around the world having seen the show. It continues to play on Broadway, where it recently celebrated its 21st birthday, and around the world in multiple languages.











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 26 March 2018

Booking until: 05 January 2019

Running time: To Be Confirmed

Prices: £27.00 - £198.00

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