Cast changes in "Chicago" Jennifer Ellison as 'Roxie Hart' & John Barrowman as 'Billy Flynn'


Cast changes in "Chicago" Jennifer Ellison as 'Roxie Hart' & John Barrowman as 'Billy Flynn'

Cast changes in Chicago from 20 Sep 2004 includes: Jennifer Ellison making her London stage debut as 'Roxie Hart' for nine weeks until 20 November & John Barrowman as 'Billy Flynn' .

Jennifer Ellison the former Brookside actress, 21, said: "I was absolutely ecstatic to get the part in Chicago; a bit nervous, but more excited than anything. It has been an amazing year for me so far and to get this is fantastic because I just love performing." 2004 has been a good year for Jennifer Ellison winning the reality show "Hell's Kitchen" and making her film debut playing role of ‘Meg Giry’ in the big-screen version of "The Phantom Of The Opera". She recently released her debut single “Baby I Don’t Care”.

John Barrowman is currently playing 'Billy Crocker' in "Anything Goes" at the Drury Lane Theatre, which he also performed at the Olivier, NT in 2002/03. His West End stage credits also includes: "The Fix" at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997; "Sunset Boulevard" at the Adelphi Theatre in 1997; "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at the Dominion in 1999; "Love's labour's Lost" at the Olivier, NT in 2003.

Chicago, which opened in London 18 Nov 1997 to rave reviews, currently stars Rebecca Thornhill as ‘Roxie Hart’ until 18 Sep, Anita Louise Combe as ‘Velma Kelly’, David Hasselhoff as ‘Billy Flynn’ until 18 Sep, Paul Leonard as ‘Amos Hart’ and Zee Asha as ‘Mama Morton’.

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.

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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