Chicago The Musical 23rd June 2022 – New Theatre Cardiff

Creative Team –

Producers: David Ian for Crossroads Live in association with Barry & Fran Weissler

Lyrics Fred Ebb, Music John Kander, Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse. Recreation of original Direction by Stacey Haynes, Recreation of original choreography by Gary Chryst

Cast: Fayre Brookes, Djalenga Scott, Lee Mead, Brenda Edwards, Jamie Baughan, B. E. Wong

and Ishmail Aaron, Michelle Andrews, Gabby Antrobus, Delycia Belgrave, Joel Benjamin, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Daniel Clift, Callum Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Billie Hardie, Aaron Jenkins, Liam Marcellino, Theo Reece, Hollie Jane Stephens, Harrison Wilde

This for those who don’t know, and quite how you could have got this far in life and into my website which is 97.6% theatre related without knowing is beyond me. Is the fictional story of Roxie Hart & Velma Kelly two murderesses in the 1920s.

It was a very successful film staring Catherine Zeta Jones, Rene Zellweger and Richard Gere in 2003. It being based on the musical which ran on Broadway and the West End on and off since 1975.

This is as famous now for it’s choreography which was created by the genius that was Bob Fosse.

A sexy, funny ‘classic’ musical that has stood the test of time, and with it’s story of the glamourisation and feting of criminals in the press (now social media) is as relevant as ever.

Stand out songs are: ‘All that Jazz’, ‘Cell block Tango’, ‘We both reached for the gun’, ‘Mister Cellophane and ‘Nowadays’

A great tour, which I wasn’t initially planning on seeing. The reason for this is I really am not a fan of the staged reality shows and the thought of Gemma (the GC) Collins playing Mama Morton put me off. When she, some would say unsurprisingly, dropped out at short notice before the tour started, and the wonderfully talented Brenda Edwards, who I had recently had the pleasure of seeing in the tour of Hairspray, took over I bought my ticket right away.

A great night out with some very sexy ladies in the chorus and it really paid homage to the original production / choreography.

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