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Pop Idol finalist Darius Danesh will make his West End stage debut in Chicago from 21 Nov 2005
Pop Idol finalist Darius Danesh will make his West End stage debut starring as ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre on Monday 21 Nov 2005. He will play the role for a strictly limited 8-week season, finishing on 14 January 2006.
Darius Danesh, aged 25, shot to fame in 2001 with his "famously awful" rendition of Britney Spears' Baby One More Time in a Popstars audition. He made a comeback in Pop Idol and went on to launch a solo career, scoring a number one with single Colourblind in 2002. The scottish singer has also recorded two albums, “Dive In” and “Live Twice”. But his second album flopped and he was reportedly dropped by his label earlier this year.
Sally Ann Triplett currently stars as ‘Roxie Hart’, Amra-Faye Wright as ‘Velma Kelly’ and Victor McGuire as ‘Amos Hart’. They will all continue to play these roles until 28 January 2006. The show also currently features Lynda Carter as ‘Mama Morton’.
Chicago, which opened at the Adelphi Theatre 18 Nov 1997, following previews from 27 Oct 1997, 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.
Chicago become the longest running production ever to play at the Adelphi Theatre on 17 Oct 2005, replacing “Me and My Girl”, the previous record-holder with a run of 3,303 performances.
The musical concerns Roxie, a chorus girl who has murdered her lover but manages to get acquitted with the help of sleazy lawyer.
Chicago is currently taking bookings to 25 Feb 2006 at the Adelphi Theatre.