Ashlee Simpson in Chicago from 25 Sep

Ashlee Simpson in Chicago from 25 Sep

American recording star Ashlee Simpson will make her London and British stage debut starring as ‘Roxie Hart’ in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre on 25 Sep for a limited five-week season to 28 Oct 2006.

21 year-old Texas-born Ashlee Simpson followed in her sister Jessica Simpson’s footsteps by becoming a recording artist. Her debut album “Autobiography” went triple platinum and her single “Pieces of Me” was an international hit. She made her own MTV series “The Ashlee Simpson Show” and made frequent guest appearances in the television series “Malcolm in the Middle”, as well as playing a continuing role in “7th Heaven”. Her new album “I Am Me” has just been released.

Ian Kelsey will continue to star as ‘Billy Flynn’, Amra-Faye Wright as ‘Velma Kelly’ , Julian Sims ‘Amos Hart’, and Brenda Edwards as ‘Mama Morton’. Linzi Hateley, currently starring as ‘Roxie Hart’, will now leave on 23 Sep 2006.

Chicago, opened at the Adelphi Theatre 18 Nov 1997, following previews from 27 Oct 1997, ending at the Adelphi theatre on 22 April 2006. It re-opened at the Cambridge Theatre on 28 April 2006, where it is currently taking bookings to 14 April 2007.

Chicago, is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Rick Clarke. Musical supervision is by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Gareth Valentine. It is choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and directed by Walter Bobbie.

The musical concerns Roxie, a chorus girl who has murdered her lover but manages to get acquitted with the help of sleazy lawyer.

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