Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre, London
Booking to 5 January 2019
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Kander and Ebb’s sexy, sassy musical about murderous showgirls returns to London’s West End.

Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, the most sophisticated Broadway musical in history is now celebrating 21 incredible years of standing ovations.

Musical theatre stars Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle star as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly alongside Martin Kemp (Eastenders, Spandau Ballet) as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn and and Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia!) as Mamma Morton.

The dazzling multi-award-winning prohibition-era tale of nightclub singer Roxie Hart, her cell-block rival Velma Kelly and the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn has thrilled audiences in London, Broadway and across the world from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa since 1996.

With red-hot choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and a sizzling score featuring the classic songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, Chicago is so good it should be illegal.

Don’t miss out, book now. It’d be a crime to miss it…

Chicago is currently booking from 26 March 2018 until 5 January 2019 at the Phoenix Theatre, London.

CAST

The cast features Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly and Maz Murray as Mamma Morton and Todrick Hall (Ru Paul’s Drag Race) as Billy Flyn.

REVIEWS

★★★★ ‘A real pleasure to have the old razzle-dazzle back in town’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘The sexiest musical ever’ Metro
★★★★ ‘Class. Gooding shows he has that in spades.’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Josefina Gabrielle excels as the overshadowed double murderess Velma’ The Times


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 5 January 2019

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Important Notes

Important Info: Contains overt references to sex and murder. Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes 


Venue Information

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Piccadilly line, Northern line), Tottenham Court Road (Central line, Northern line)
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Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington to star in True West on stage
Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn – star of the widely celebrated film Beast and US TV series Genius, have been announced to star in the West End Premiere of Sam Shepard’s True West. The Pulitzer Prize-winner's ferociously funny, modern classic exposes the cracks in the American Dream as he pits two brothers - Austin and Lee - against each. Set against the searing hear of the Californian desert, Austin (Harington) is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee (Flynn) stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines, he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences... Harington is best known for playing Jon Snow in the HBO series Games of Thrones, his stage roles include the title role of Jamie Lloyd's production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Posh, by Laura Wade at the Royal Court and the original production of War Horse at the National Theatre. Johnny Flynn most recently played the protagonist Pascal in feature film Beast, his other screen work includes Love Is Thicker Than Water, Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One and Netflix series Lovesick. Flynn recently garnered rave reviews for his performance in the Broadway run of Hangmen. The production is helmed by Olivier nominated director Matthew Dunster. Dunster said “There is something dangerous about True West. It’s always unsettled me. I was always scared of reading it. Fearful of its burning content but also of its brilliance. When Sam Shepard died I went back to it and I knew I had to find way of doing it. To have Kit and Johnny take on these roles in Shepard's masterpiece, is as exciting as my job gets. I can't wait" Find tickets to True West True West will be the first UK production of the Pulitzer Prize-winner's work since his death last summer, and will play a limited West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November 2018 through to 16 February 2019.
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Chicago the Musical Review Round-Up
A review round-up for Chicago The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre, London After 6 years away from the West End Chicago the Musical is back to razzle dazzle the city of London. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, Ebb and Kander’s classic 1975 musical production has thrilled audiences across the world. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr (The People v. O. J. Simpson, Jerry Maguire) makes his musical stage debut as celebrity criminal lawyer Billy Flynn, with Chicago veterans Sarah Soetaert (Kiss Me Kate, Fame), Josefina Gabrielle (Stepping Out) and Ruthie Henshall (Billy Elliot the Musical) returning to the hit musical as Roxie, Velma and Mamma Morton. Directed by Walter Bobbie (Bright Star, Venus in Fur) with choreography by Ann Reinking and costume design by William Ivey Long. Chicago tells the story of wannabe starlet and nightclub singer Roxie Hart, who is incarcerated and trialed for murdering her lover. She enlists the help of the charismatic and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn to free herself from jail. This stocking filled, sizzling musical previously ran in London for 15 years in the West End, but will it be doing the Cell Block Tango for many more to come? Read a round-up of reviews below. Evening Standard, ★★★★ “Gooding gives an amiable enough performance, but he doesn’t boast a strong or confident singing voice. Instead the show belongs, as it must, to those two publicity-hungry murderesses, Velma Kelly (Josefina Gabrielle) and Roxie Hart (Sarah Soetaert), who vie to outwit each other when it comes to column inches. Towering even over them in the magnificence stakes is Ann Reinking’s delicious choreography in the trademark angular black-clothed manner of Bob Fosse. It’s a constant lithe and limber delight throughout this slick and pacey show.” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard The Guardian, ★★★ "Kander and Ebb’s show about crime and celebrity is faithfully recreated but is beginning to resemble an animated corpse. The show is harsh, cynical and funny and chimes well with an age that understands the psychotic nature of celebrity. I’m all for reviving old musicals, but this one has not been imaginatively rethought. The lead actors all do their stuff, the ensemble is lively and the onstage band, under the direction of Ian Townsend, is exceptional: the evening’s best moment comes when the brass are given the spotlight at the start of the second act. But, while it is pleasant to renew acquaintance with numbers such as All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, everything is exactly as I remember it from 1997: that includes the chilling moment when a rope descends from the flies as a Hungarian girl dies protesting her innocence to remind us of the reality of judicial murder. For all the cast’s commitment, this is as much a piece of museum theatre as those old Soviet shows that went unchanged through the decades.” Michael Billington, The Guardian The Stage, ★★★ "It’s hardly Chicago’s fault – more a consequence of the show’s success and longevity – but there’s something about that black and red colour scheme, the mesh shirts, the campy sleaze that, 21 years on, seems more parody than revolutionary. This is still the same production, minute by minute, as that which opened at the Adelphi Theatre in 1997 – and it could really do with an update. While Kander and Ebb’s tightly integrated score and book, equating the seedy glitz of showbusiness with the vaudeville of the justice system, is still a thrill, this production feels slack, sluggish and awkwardly cast. Pulling power comes from Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr, making his West End debut – and oh dear. It’s not great. At all. The hoarse voice is forgivable – he’ll get over that eventually – but what kills it is the lack of precision as soon as the musical phrases become remotely intricate. He can bash out a melody slowly, but beyond that he loses detail, fudges notes and hopes that his charming smile and knowingly cheap, cheery showmanship can get him through.” Tim Bano, The Stage Daily Telegraph, ★★★★ "This is a show with just the right amount of razzle-dazzle and which knows when to turn down the dial to give its audience more reflective moments, such as in the song Class. Gooding shows he has that in spades. It is easy for musical theatre actors to swim in the shallow end of their characters’ psychological states, but Gooding gives a complete performance, showing a touch of the failed vaudevillian who knows his best days are behind him.” TBen Lawrence, Daily Telegraph Daily Mail, ★★★ “If it's your eyeballs you want popping, you won't be disappointed. Every one of the company of dancers is a variation on Aphrodite or Adonis, with barely a stitch of clothing. Body-hugging costumes make sure we don't miss a toned ab, curving buttock or quivering cleavage. Fosse's choreography — revamped by Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst — once more storms the stage but is somewhat cramped, with only a few metres available in front of a huge bank of seating for the band. This makes the dancing feel like a hectic frieze. With so many bodies sculpted like Greek gods, perhaps an evocation of the Elgin marbles isn't so bad. This is a spirited revival, even if it feels like we've been there (and got the g-string).” Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail Time Out, ★★★ “Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr has been cast in the role of louche lawyer Billy Flynn. He’s... okay. He can’t really sing but he has a rumpled, unaffected charisma that at least makes him likeable. His presence hardly feels like event theatre, though: he’s here to get bums on seats, not fuck with the show’s formula. Experienced musical theatre performers and ‘Chicago’ veterans Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle hold down the main parts.. And they’re solid: the show retains a classy edge and strong fundamentals, not least because of the high kickin’ choreography, styled after that of the show’s original director Bob Fosse. But in many other respects, it’s starting to show its age. The aggressively sexy/‘sexy’ black mesh costumes feel like the paraphernalia of a bygone, lairier era. The commentary on the relationship between infamy and actual fame feels somewhat unsophisticated in the age of Trump. And like Stephen Daldry’s production of ‘An Inspector Calls’, it just feels like it’s cock-blocking fresh takes on a piece that’s really too smart to spend the rest of eternity locked in 1996.” Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out Buy tickets to Chicago Chicago is booking until 6 October at the Phoenix Theatre, London.
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Win tickets to Chicago The Musical
Win a pair of tickets to Chicago The Musical at London's Phoenix Theatre. Chicago is bringing the real razzle-dazzle back to London! Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, and now starring Academy Award-Winner Cuba Gooding Jnr in his West End stage debut, the sexiest, sassiest, most sophisticated Broadway musical in history is celebrating 21 years of standing ovations in style. The dazzling multi-award-winning tale of nightclub singer Roxie Hart, her cell-block rival Velma Kelly and the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn has thrilled audiences in London, Broadway and across the world from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa since 1996. With the original Broadway choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and a sizzling score featuring the classing songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” and “All That Jazz”, Chicago is so good it should be illegal. Don’t miss out, book now. It’d be a crime to miss it… Chicago is booking from 26 March 2018 until 6 October 2018 at the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London. Buy tickets to Chicago ENTER OUR COMPETITION: To enter our Chicago The Musical competition follow us on Instagram and like our Chicago Musical post with Cuba Good Jr dated 21 March 2018 or sign up to our emails with #Chicago in the company form.   Terms and Conditions apply: Follow our WestEndTheatre.com Instagram account and like our Chicago Musical post with Cuba Gooding Jr (21/3/18) or sign up to our emails with #Chicago to enter the Free Prize Draw. You can unfollow / unsubscribe at any time. The Prize is one pair of tickets to Chicago The Musical.  The Prize is valid for any Monday to Thursday performance until 30 May 2018 (Subject to availability. Certain black out dates apply). Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered.  The competition closes at 7.30pm on 26 March 2018. Any 'follows/likes' submitted after this time will not be eligible. The winner will be selected at random and contacted with details on how to claim their prize. Read WestEndTheatre.com’s general competition Terms and Conditions here.
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Ruthie Henshall, Sarah Soetaert & Josefina Gabrielle heading for Chicago
Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall will be joining Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr, in the multi award-winning West End revival of CHICAGO this Spring. All three actresses have previously starred in Chicago, with Ruthie Henshall set to become the only British actress to play all three leading roles.  Henshall originated the role of Roxie Hart in London’s West End in 1997, returned to play Velma Kelly, and will now play Mamma Morton. Ruthie’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. Sarah Soetaert will be recreating the role of Roxie Hart, the role she previously played at the Cambride 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. Her other theatre work includes Cats, Carousel, Fame, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, The Sound of Music and The Glenn Miller Story. Chicago returns to the West End following a successful UK and international tour, and after a 5½-year absence from London. It previously ran in London for 15 years at the Cambride and Garrick Theatres. Buy tickets to Chicago Chicago is currently booking from 26 March 2018 until 23 June 2018 at the Phoenix Theatre.
Photos: Ruthie Henshall in Billy Elliot
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BILLY ELLIOT: Ruthie Henshall to join the cast
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Kander & Ebb charity gala cancelled
Story Update: Kander & Ebb tribute at the Victoria Palace Theatre cancelled [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Chita Rivera, star of Kander & Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman, one of the stars to have appeared at the gala. Photo: Catherine Ashmore"][/caption] A major charity gala which was to have been held in London on 29 April 2012 to celebrate the work of legendary songwriters Kander & Ebb has been cancelled. The all-star gala at the Victoria Palace Theatre wass being produced by veteran promoter and producer Barry Mishon in collaboration with John Kander, and was to have aided the Ovarian Cancer Action charity. The charity today announced that it had decided to withdraw from the show, " for no other reason than due to the current economic climate in which we are operating", and that they were, "unable to afford to proceed with this venture. Had we been able to continue, we had complete confidence that it would have been a great success, but the environment necessitates that the focus and spend of the Charity must be solely on its core charitable activities at the current time. We reiterate our extreme disappointment at having to arrive at this conclusion, and thank everyone sincerely, particularly Barry, for the time, effort, enthusiasm and determination which has gone into this to date." Barry Mishon, the producer of the show, thanked everyone for their  "great support" but said that he was "dismayed and very upset" on hearing the news. Stars who had signed up to appear included Tony award winning Chicago choreographer Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch, Janie Dee, Maria Friedman, Tyne Daly, Stefanie Powers, Billy Stritch, Clive Rowe, Claire Moore, Linzi Hately, Bonnie Langford, Sally Ann Triplett, Ria Jones, Sian Phillips and Frances Ruffelle. John Kander and Fred Ebb are two of the most successful musical theatre songwriting partnerships of all time, with their work including Cabaret, Chicago, Zorba, The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Fred Ebb passed away in 2004. LINKS SPECIAL OFFER: Book tickets to Chicago at the Garrick Theatre in London Ovarian Cancer Action website
Ann Reinking signs up for Kander & Ebb charity gala
Tony award winning choreographer Ann Reinking has been confirmed to star in a major charity gala celebrating the work of legendary songwriters Kander & Ebb, in London this April. Reinking, who won a Tony Award  for her choreography for Kander and Ebb's Chicago, will join names including Marvin Hamlisch, Janie Dee, Maria Friedman and Billy Stritch at the event. The current production of Chicago is one of the most successful musical revivals ever. It is now in its 15th year on Broadway and has recently returned to the West End's Garrick Theatre starring Ugly Betty's America Ferrera. The all-star gala is being produced by veteran promoter and producer Barry Mishon in collaboration with Kander, and will be in aid of the Ovarian Cancer Action charity. John Kander and Fred Ebb are two of the most successful musical theatre songwriting partnerships of all time, with their work including Cabaret, Chicago, Zorba, The Rink and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Fred Ebb passed away in 2004. Musical directors for the event will be Gareth Valentine and Donald Pippin. Tickets will go on sale soon. LINKS SPECIAL OFFER: Book tickets to Chicago at the Garrick Theatre in London Ovarian Cancer Action website STAGE SPY CHECK-LIST Show: Kander & Ebb Charity Gala Theatre: West End venue TBC Musical Directors: Gareth Valentine, Donald Pippin Stars: Ann Reinking, Maria Friedman, further names to be announced Opens: April 2012 [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Ann Reinking in Chicago"][/caption]

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