Opened: 26th March 2018
Booking Period: 5th January 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Chicago is a musical by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse with music by Ebb and John Kander. It is a corruption-infused satirical interpretation of a play of the same name by reporter Maurine Watkins about real life criminals and crimes.
It is set during the Prohibition in Chicago and follows the story of Roxie Hart, aspiring vaudeville dancer, who gets jailed for the murder of her lover, Fred Casely. She gets hurtled into a world of stardom, media attention, a circus of criminal justice proceedings, and a community of other murderesses.
Chicago debuted on Broadway in 1975 and closed two years later. The Broadway revival production which opened in 1996 holds the record as the second longest running musical on Broadway (topped only by The Phantom of the Opera). The musical debuted in the West End in 1978 and ran for 600 performances. It was revived in 1997 and closed 15 years later. Chicago was also adapted for the big screen in an award-winning 2002 movie which starred Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Leading and Supporting
Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart
Laura Tyrer as Velma Kelly
Duncan James as Billy Flynn
Mazz Murray as Mama Morton
Paul Rider as Amos Hart
Ensemble and Swing
Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Abramo Ciullo, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Chris Warner Drake, Francis Foreman, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Chelsea Labadini, Callum MacDonald, Joanna Rennie, Alan Richardson, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot and Matthew Wesley
Our reviewers loved Chicago, giving it a ★★★★★ review and describing it as “…dark and deliciously intoxicating and seductive, and infinitely sexy”. To read the full review, click here.
Chicago opened at the Phoenix Theatre on 26th March 2018. The Phoenix Theatre opened in September 1930. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Bertie Crewe and Cecil Massey in an Italian style with gold engravings, carved wood doors and classic red seats, curtains and carpets.
The Phoenix is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and so the best place to purchase tickets for Chicago is through ATG’s website. For more information on your visit to the Phoenix Theatre, read our guide.