The full cast joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jnr, Ruthie Henshall, Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle in Chicago in the West End has been announced. Soetaert and Gabrielle play Roxie and Velma, two criminals facing murder charges who call on superstar lawyer Billy Flynn (Gooding Jnr) to get them off the hook as their trials hit the headlines. Henshall plays the matron of County Cook Jail, Mama Morton. Chicago will run at the Phoenix Theatre from 11th April to 23rd June.
Chicago, the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, has delighted audiences around the world with its two Vaudevillian criminals Roxie and Velma. The pair are sent to Cook County Jail after they both commit murders, and the show takes you through their crimes, time in prison and subsequent trials. It’s set to a classic soundtrack featuring showstoppers such as “All That Jazz”, “I Can’t Do It Alone” and “Razzle Dazzle”.
The musical is set to be revived in London at the Phoenix Theatre from 26th March 2018.
This new West End production of Chicago will star Cuba Gooding Jr. in his London theatre debut. Gooding is best known for his roles in the films Boyz n the Hood, Jerry Maguire and Men of Honor. He will play Billy Flynn, the smooth lawyer who can win any case, and is tasked with defending Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart in their headling-making cases.
After originally premiering at the 46th Street Theatre (now Richard Rodgers) in 1975 in a production directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, the musical became a cult hit thanks to its exceptional performances and catchy score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The first London production opened in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre in 1979 where it ran for over 600 performances, starring Jenny Logan, Ben Cross and Antonia Ellis. It went on to be nominated for Musical of the Year at the Olivier Awards.
Throughout its Broadway run the show has been seen in three theatres and currently plays at the Ambassador Theatre where it is now the second longest-running Broadway show of all time, behind The Phantom of the Opera.
A London revival opened on 18 November 1997 in the West End, once again directed by Walter Bobbie and designed by John Lee Beatty, with choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse. The production won the 1998 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical and throughout its run welcomed cast members including Marti Pellow, David Hasselhoff, John Barrowman, Maria Friedman, Denise Van Outen and Claire Sweeney.
A film of the musical was also produced in 2002 starring Catherine Zeta-Jones (Velma), Renée Zellweger (Roxie) and Richard Gere (lawyer Billy Finn). The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and received 13 nominations, winning six awards.
Chicago the Musical was most recently seen in London in 2016 and starred John Partridge, Sophie Carmen-Jones and Hayley Tamaddon. Casting for the 2018 London revival is yet to be announced.
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Chicago the Musical follows 'not your usual housewife', Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defence and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. A harsh satire on media, fame and justice, the musical is set in 1920s Chicago and follows a sleazy celebrity lawyer as he works to get whip up a jury in order to turn two murderers into stars. The Kander and Ebb score features well known songs such as "All That Jazz", "Razzle Dazzle", "All I Care About" and "Mr. Cellophane".
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Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End revival of Chicago, which will open at the Phoenix Theatre next month. Joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jnr. as Billy Flynn will be Ruthie Henshall as Mama Morton, Sarah Soetaert as Roxie and Josefina Gabrielle as Velma.
It's official! Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will make his UK stage debut, taking on the iconic role of Billy Flynn in the upcoming West End revival of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre from March 26.
The musical Chicago is set to be revived in London from March next year at the Phoenix Theatre. The musical, which has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, is about Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart who rise to fame as their murder trials capture the press’ attention. It is based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ 1926 play of the same name which is about crimes she reported on as a journalist. It's been reported that the show will run at the Phoenix for a year from 26th March. Casting for the production is yet to be announced.