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
Christopher Wheeldon’s vision here, as director and choreographer, is remarkably detailed and endlessly lavish and ambitious. Without huge pre-built sets, Bob Crowley creates a never static vista of Parisian streets, monuments, parlours and performance venues. It all contributes to the cinematic feel of the dreamlike qualities which propel the production. Casting is faultless and this is probably the best looking, most innately stylish, cast of any Broadway show now playing. Robert Fairchild, in his Broadway debut, is revelatory as Jerry. Leanne Cope is a shimmering flower of elfin glory as Lise, and Max von Essen triumphs as Henri in a cleverly judged, gloriously sung, pitch perfect performance.