Pia Douwes returns as Velma in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre from 14 Sep 2009
Dutch actress Pia Douwes is returning to play 'Velma Kelly' in Chicago, from 14 Sep to 24 Oct 2009 (Taking over from Tiffany Graves). Pia Douwes played 'Velma' at the Adelphi Theatre in March 2004.
Other casting news: Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has extended her run as 'Roxie Hart' to 12 Sep 2009. Ian Kelsey returns to the role of 'Billy Flynn' from 24 August to 24 Oct 2009.
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 30 Oct 2010!
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.