Robin Cousins plays Billy Flynn in Chicago from 17 July

Robin Cousins to play 'Billy Flynn' in Chicago The Musical, at the Garrick Theatre, from 17 July to 8 Sep 2012.

Robin won Gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, also picking up BBC Sports Personality of the Year the same year. This was followed by a successful career as a professional skater, before finally being forced through injury to hang up his skates in 2000, when he became a full-time choreographer. His break into musical theatre came in 1990, in Cinderella on Ice. His British stage roles include Munkustrap in Cats, Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and Teen Angel in Grease. He has been head judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice for the past six years.

David Bedella has returned to the role of Billy Flynn for a limited season until 12 May 2012. He will be joining Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart, Rachel McDowall as Velma Kelly, James Doherty as Amos Hart, Jasna Ivir as Mama Morton and R. Whitehead as Mary Sunshine.

Chicago The musical opened at Adelphi Theatre 18 Nov 1997 to 22 April 2006; re-opened 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.

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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