Martin Kemp in Chicago

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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.

Until 1st September, the role of Billy Flynn will be 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
4 videos 46 images

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.
Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
as Roxie Hart

until 13 Oct 2018

Martin Kemp
as Billy Flynn

until 1 Sep 2018

Cast list:
Martin Kemp (as Billy Flynn), Mazz Murray (as Mama Morton), Sarah Soetaert (as Roxie) and Josefina Gabrielle (as Velma)

Phoenix Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
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

Mazz Murray and Martin Kemp
Chicago’s Martin Kemp and Mazz Murray take on our new game, Cast Mates
Thursday, August 9, 2018

When the opportunity arose that Chicago stars Martin Kemp and Mazz Murray would be kind enough to drop into our office one afternoon, we decided to have a little fun with the pair and find out how working with each other every day affects actors. We devised a game, sat them down, and asked them to answer three questions about themselves. They then had to guess how the other person answered their questions, and thus Cast Mates was born.

First look at Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart in Chicago
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Photos have been released giving a first look at Alexandra Burke in costume for her upcoming role of Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago. Burke, who shot to fame when she won the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, takes over the role form actress Sarah Soetaert on 13th August, joining cast members Martin Kemp, Mazz Murray, Josefina Gabrielle and Paul Rider. The West End production of Chicago, which opened on 11th April this year, is booking at the Phoenix Theatre until 5th January 2019.

Alexandra Burke to star in Chicago
Alexandra Burke to join the cast of Chicago
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Alexandra Burke will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre from Monday 13 August until Saturday 13 October 2018. Burke will be taking on the role of Roxie Hart. She joins Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly and Paul Rider as Amos Hart. 

Mazz Murray
Mazz Murray to join Martin Kemp in Chicago in the West End
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mazz Murray will join Martin Kemp and the cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre from 2nd July. Murray will play Mama Morton in the musical, taking over from Ruthie Henshall who played the prison matron when the show opened. Her previous credits include We Will Rock You, when she took over from Sharon D Clarke as Killer Queen and played the role for nine years, and the West End production of Mama Mia. Kemp replaces Cuba Gooding Jnr, who made his London theatre debut as smooth lawyer Billy Flynn upon the production’s opening.

Martin Kemp
Martin Kemp to star in Chicago in the West End
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Martin Kemp is set to star in the West End production of Chicago, taking over from Cuba Gooding Jnr as Billy Flynn. Kemp will take over as Flynn, the smooth lawyer tasked with defending Roxie and Velma who are on murder charges, at the Phoenix Theatre on 2nd July and will appear until 1st September. Tickets for Chicago are available now.  Kemp, who is best known as a member of Spandau Ballet, has previously appeared in the UK tour of Million Dollar Quartet and is also known for playing Steve Owen in EastEnders. The cast joining Kemp for performances from 2nd July is yet to be announced. 

Cuba Gooding Jnr interview – ‘Chicago is an experience you’ll never forget’
Monday, April 23, 2018

Star of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, Cuba Gooding Jnr makes his West End and musical theatre debuts in the show, and he says the show will offer theatregoers an experience they’ll never forget. The Academy Award winner, whose films include Boyz n the Hood and Jerry Maguire, plays slick lawyer Billy Flynn who is tasked with defending murder suspects Roxie and Velma. His big numbers in the musical include “All I Care About” and “We Both Reached for the Gun”.

Production images of Cuba Gooding Jr and cast of Chicago at Phoenix Theatre
Friday, April 6, 2018

Production images have been released showing the cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre ahead of next week’s official opening night. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in the production as Billy Flynn alongside Ruthie Henshall, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Paul Rider. The Kander and Ebb musical features the songs features the songs “All That Jazz”, “Mr Cellophane” and “Me and My Baby”, and tells the story of two criminals – Velma and Roxie – who call on lawyer Billy Flynn’s representation as they are called to the dock on murder charges.

Cuba Gooding Jr
Chicago announces extension in the West End ahead of previews
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The upcoming West End production of Chicago has extended at the Phoenix Theatre, and is now booking until 6th October. Previews for the Kander & Ebb musical begin next week, and the production will star Cuba Gooding Jnr, Ruthie Henshall, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Paul Rider until 30th June (casting for the extension will be announced closer to the time). Click here to read more about the full cast of Chicago. Chicago officially opens at the Phoenix Theatre on 11th April, and tickets are available now. 

Full cast joining Cuba Gooding Jnr in Chicago in the West End announced
Monday, March 12, 2018

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 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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