Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town? And all that jazz…
Chicago, the longest running American musical, winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, tangoes its way into the Phoenix Theatre from 26th March. Guaranteed to light up the West End stage with its seductive tale of fame and fortune, Chicago’s return to London marks its 21st birthday – and there’s more razzle dazzle than ever before!
Nothing compares to seeing this daring production in person – it’s so good, it should be illegal.
Since opening in 1996, Chicago has been performed in 36 countries worldwide, grossed over $1.5 billion and has played over 30,000 shows, with an estimated 31 million individuals having seen the production.
So, why not celebrate with the cast and crew of the sexiest, sassiest and most sophisticated musical around and experience in person the sizzling choreography of the legendary Bob Fosse and hear Kander and Ebb’s universally-loved red-hot score, featuring such classics as “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, performed live.
Go on, paint the town, we dare you…
Please note: Chicago contains overt references to sex and murder.
Starring Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jnr in his West End stage debut as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn. His breakthrough role was as Tre Styles in 'Boyz n the Hood' (1991), followed by 'A Few Good Men' (1992), before winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 'Jerry Maguire' (1996). Later films included 'As Good as It Gets' (1997), 'Men of Honor' (2000) as Carl Brashear, 'Pearl Harbor' (2001) as Doris Miller, 'American Gangster' (2007), 'The Butler' (2013), and 'Selma' (2014), playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O.J. Simpson in the FX drama series 'The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story', for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-series or a Movie.
Sarah Soetaert will be joining Gooding Jnr as Roxie Hart, the role she previously played at the Cambridge and Garrick Theatres. Her other theatre work includes Cats, Carousel, Fame, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, The Sound of Music and The Glenn Miller Story.
Josefina Gabrielle played the role of Roxie Hart at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres. She will now be making her debut as Velma Kelly. Gabrielle played Laurey Williams in Trevor Nunn’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, and she holds the distinction of being the first ever Laurey in any production of Oklahoma! to dance her own Dream Ballet, recreated especially for her by choreographer Susan Stroman. Her other London and West End credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Hello, Dolly! opposite Samantha Spiro, Sweet Charity, Maria Friedman's production of Merrily We Roll Along, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.
Ruthie Henshall has the honour of being the only British actress to have played all three leading female roles in Chicago, having originated the role of Roxie Hart in London’s West End in 1997, then returning to play Velma Kelly, and now returning to the show to play Mama Morton. She also played Roxie and Velma on Broadway. Henshall's musical theatre career spans four decades, beginning with Cats at the New London, followed by Miss Saigon, Children of Eden, Les Misérables, Crazy For You, Oliver!, She Loves Me (for which she won the Olivier Award), Peggy Sue Got Married, The Woman in White, Marguerite, and, most recently, Billy Elliot.
Paul Rider plays Amos Hart who he has previously portrayed at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres. His recent theatre work includes A Woman of No Importance, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar and The Duchess of Malfi. Television credits include French and Saunders, The Catherine Tate Show and EastEnders.
Set in the legendary Windy City during the jazz-era of the roaring ‘20s, Chicago tells the tale of two rival vaudevillian murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart. Serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding them in bed together, nightclub star Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn. They turn Velma’s imprisonment into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, preparing the world for her flashy showbiz comeback. However, ambitious chorus girl Roxie, isn’t about to let things run smoothly…
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(3mins) Take Tottenham Court Road south (towards Leicester Square) and the theatre will be on your left after 100 metres.
NB: Central Line trains will not be stopping at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station until December 2015.