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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 revival of the musical opened in London at the Phoenix Theatre on 26th March 2018, with an official opening night on 11th April.

Billy Flynn is currently played by RuPaul's Drag Race's Todrick James, and Caroline Flack is set to take over as Roxie Hart, 

Until 1st September, the role of Billy Flynn was played by Spandau Ballet singer Martin Kemp, who previously appeared in the UK tour of Million Dollar Quartet and is also known for playing Steve Owen in EastEnders. 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. This new West End production of Chicago saw Cuba Gooding Jr. make his London theatre debut. Gooding is best known for his roles in the films Boyz n the Hood, Jerry Maguire and Men of Honor.

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. 

Chicago the Musical Tickets are available now. 

Chicago running time: 
2 hours 30 minutes
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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".

 

No under 16s permitted without adult.
Cast list:
Duncan James (as Billy Flynn), Mazz Murray (as Mama Morton), Sarah Soetaert (as Roxie) and Laura Tyrer (as Velma).

Phoenix Theatre

Address:
Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP, GB-CMD, GB
Nearest tube:
Tottenham Court Road
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Our Chicago Review

Chicago made its first appearance on Broadway in 1975, and it lit up New York with its razzle dazzle. Reviving the show at London’s Phoenix Theatre now, however, doesn’t pack half the punch it would have then, with a half-hearted production unfortunately leaving it feeling dated. 

Latest Chicago News & Features

Caroline Flack
Caroline Flack to star as Roxie Hart in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Caroline Flack will star as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Her first performance as Roxie Hart will be on 10th December 2018, playing the role until the show closes on 5th January 2019. Flack made her stage debut in a 2017 tour of Crazy For You playing Irene Roth alongside Tom Chambers.  She is best known for being a television presenter for ITV, with presenting credits including Love Island, The X Factor, The Xtra Factor and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! as well as winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.

Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen delays return to Chicago due to injury
Monday, September 10, 2018

Denise Van Outen has been forced to pull out of her scheduled run in Chicago in the West End after it was discovered she had suffered a stress fracture in her heel on the first day of rehearsals. The actress, who starred as Roxie Hart in the musical in 2001, was scheduled to appear in the role of Velma Kelly from 24th September to 17th November. According to a statement, new dates for Denise’s return to the show will be announced shortly, as will her replacement in the show. On Twitter, Van Outen said apologised to fans, adding that she sustained the injury training for the role. 

Chicago to be revived in London in spring 2018
Friday, December 15, 2017

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.  

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