Chicago to close on 1 Sep 2012 after a run of 15 years

Chicago The Musical, has posted closing notices for 1 Sep 2012 at the Garrick Theatre, ending a 15 year run in London.

Producer Barry Weissler, who, along with his wife Fran, has produced the show in New York, London and around the world, said, “Bringing CHICAGO to the West End was a pivotal moment in Fran’s and my career. Running 15 years has been a dream come true. We may be taking our ‘parting shots’ for now, but the Razzle Dazzle will never fade!”

Composer John Kander said, "What a great experience this has been. The fact that the London audience has embraced our show for 15 years fills me with gratitude and pride. Thank you all for your warmth and enthusiasm.”

The revival opened at Adelphi Theatre 18 Nov 1997 to 22 April 2006; transferred at the Cambridge Theatre 28 April 2006 to 27 Aug 2011; and re-opened at Garrick Theatre on 7 Nov 2011.

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. This production has choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and is directed by Walter Bobbie.

The cast of Chicago The Musical, includes Robin Cousins as Bily Flynn from 17 July. Along with Robin, the cast is led by Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart, Rachel McDowall as Velma Kelly, Tony Timberlake as Amos Hart and Jasna Ivir as Matron "Mama" Morton.

This musical exploration of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery -- all those things that we hold dear to our hearts. Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defense and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. Featuring well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.

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