Phoenix Theatre, London
Chicago - Phoenix Theatre, London
Age Restriction: 13+
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After bowing out in the West End in 2012, Chicago makes a triumphant return to the capital with a new run at the Phoenix Theatre. In the process it finds a brand new home in Theatreland, but retains everything that audiences love about the show: great performances, stand-out songs and a compelling story. These are also the factors in making the show one of the best known musicals in the world, having started life as a play over 80 years ago and influencing countless other classics during the 20th century.
The classic story of Chicago takes London theatre audiences back to the 1920s when the celebrity criminal was firmly in the public consciousness. We are introduced to Roxie Hart as she is thrown into prison for the murder of her husband, giving her all of the attention she had desired over the years, but for all the wrong reasons. She wanted to be a great performer and when she meets Velma Kelly, who has similar ambitions, she realises that her dream can still be realised. So Hart and Kelly enlist the help of a sleazy lawyer named Billy Flynn and make their bids for freedom.
But that’s not the only thing that makes Chicago shine; the show also features an array of stand-out songs that have found their way into popular culture. There’s Cell Block Tango as well as Me And My Baby, All that Jazz, Funny Honey and Razzle Dazzle to name but a few. Such songs are bound to put smiles on the faces of audiences at the Phoenix Theatre.
And then there’s the choreography from Bob Fosse, who lent his skills to a project championed by John Kaner and Fred Ebb and inspired by the original 1926 play by Chicago Tribune writer Maurice Dallas Watkins. Since the show’s first appearance as a musical in 1975 it has not only been hugely influential it has also spawned a movie adaptation from 2002 with Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere in the lead roles.
With Chicago absent from London’s West End since 2012, the hit musical now makes a triumphant return to the capital. It begins its run at the Phoenix Theatre on Monday 26th March 2018.
Show & Venue InformationPhoenix Theatre
110 Charing Cross Road
Monday, 26 March 2018
Saturday, 23 June 2018
2hr 30min (including interval)