"Chicago" Jill Halfpenny & Donna Hazelton join cast from 31 Jan 2005 at Adelphi Theatre


"Chicago" Jill Halfpenny & Donna Hazelton join cast from 31 Jan 2005 at Adelphi Theatre

It is now confirmed that Jill Halfpenny, who has just won the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing, will make her West End stage debut starring as 'Roxie Hart' in the musical Chicago from 31 Jan 2005 for eight weeks only. At the same time Donna Hazelton, will also take over the role of 'Mama Morton' for four weeks only. As a winner of Channel 4's Musicality, she played the role for one performance only in the Musicality evening of Chicago.

(It is rumoured that Brooke Shields may play 'Roxie Hart' in Spring of 2005??)

The show currently features Josefina Gabrielle (Roxie Hart), Anna-Jane Casey (Velma Kelly), Michael French (Billy Flynn), Paul Baker (Amos Hart) and Sharon D Clarke (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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