Why See Chicago?
ONE OF THE WEST END'S LEADING EXTRAVAGANZAS
Slick and smoky 1920s Chicago showbiz sets the scene for this world-renown tale of murder, manipulation and lust for the limelight. Based on Maurine Dallas Watkins' play with the same name and based on real-life criminals, Chicago is an insatiable masterpiece that keeps audiences coming back for more. Chicago is one of the longest running Broadway shows in the West End, with over six thousand performances. Creators John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse jazzed up the devilish yarn with spectacular choreography and a now-classical musical score, making Chicago treacherously seductive and theatrically unstoppable.
TELL THE TALE
Chicago plunges into the life of small-time chorus girl Roxy Hart, who is locked up in the Cook County Jail after murdering her sweet-talking lover when his promises of launching her into the 'bigtime' fall short. Here she meets Velma Kelly, double-murderess and fallen vaudevillian star, and Flynn, slick lawyer and showman in his own rite who twists truths and tangles tales of cold-blooded actions and hot-blooded beauties.
Taken with the newest arrival in Cook County Jail, Billy turns his attentions from Velma to Roxy, ready to transform her story from sinister to sensational. Roxy and Velma ride the infamy of their murders in a dark and dangerous game of rivalry, greed and exploitation. But when facts are flexible and winning is everything, what rules does notoriety play by?
DID YOU KNOW?
Chicago has been performed in twenty five different countries and in nine languages, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch and Swedish. Since opening in 1997, Chicago: The Musical has grossed more than 120 Million GDP and sold more than 17 million tickets worldwide.
Opening night: 11 November 2011
Chicago may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Garrick Theatre.
Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Cast and Creative
Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart
Rachel McDowall as Velma Kelly
Robin Cousins as as Billy Flynn
James Doherty as Amos Hart
Jasna Ivir as Matron 'Mama' Morton
R. Whitehead as Mary Sunshine
CreativeMusic by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Choreographed by Ann Reinking, in the style of Bob Fosse
Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty
Costume Design by William Ivey Long
Lighting Design by Ken Billington
What we thought
Jazzy ENTERTAINING fun
If you love the film, sexy vintage fashion and Ugly Betty, this is a dream come true!
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What you thought
22 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)
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