Chicago the musical returns to the UK in 2015. The acclaimed musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse and holds several accolades as Broadway’s longest -running musical revival, the longest-running American musical in Broadway History, the second longest-running show in Broadway history and the longest-running American musical in West End history as well as winning the 202 Academy Award for Best Film. Set in prohibition-era Chicago, Chicago is a satire on the corruption of the criminal justice system and manipulation of the media. The 2016 UK Tour of Chicago will star John Partridge (Eastenders, A Chorus Line, Cats) as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon (Coronation Street, Emmerdale) as Roxie Hart and Sam Bailey (X Factor) as Mama Morton. Further casting is to be announced. Chicago, which is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and … Read more
Dames at Sea, the work of George Haimsohn and Robin Miller (Book and Lyrics) and Jim Wise (Score), is well known as the off-Broadway hit from 1968 which launched the star of one Bernadette Peters into the Broadway stratosphere. It has been surprisingly absent from Broadway stages and this revival is a timely one, coming, as it does, amongst a season where Broadway houses are playing host to very serious and intense works (plays and musicals).
While the tunes and harmonies for the new material might not be memorable, the orchestrations and playing is first rate. Kenny Seymour and Joseph Church, together with the 13 piece orchestra led by Aaron Jodoin, make great, evocative and stirring sounds. And when the title tune finally comes, the fusion of its simple majesty, the brilliant harmonisations of the cast and the clever arrangements, see the whole musical end on an intensely satisfying note.