Chicago: The musical is back- what we expected and more | Review

When the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history CHICAGO lands on your doorstep, as a CHICAGO fan it would ‘be criminal to miss it.’

But how did it live up to my stiletto high expectations?

CHICAGO, dubbed by the Metro as the ‘sexiest musical ever’ has been in Leeds for one week (until– Saturday 14 May 2022 when it continues its UK tour).

The cast too had a lot to live up to with one of the world’s greatest classical singers, Russell Watson, starring as Billy Flynn, and Three Degrees soul sensation Sheila Ferguson starring as Mama Morton, joining Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes (Dancing On Ice, Grease, Legally Blonde) as Roxie Hart, West End star Djalenga Scott (Annie, Chicago, West Side Story) as Velma Kelly, Jamie Baughan as Amos Hart and B.E. Wong as Mary Sunshine.

CHICAGO: The Review

The razzle dazzle of the cast and the grim backdrop of the prison cell combined with outstanding vocals and seamless choreography, makes this legendary musical a must-see regardless of how many times you may have seen it previously.

I had been nervous prior to show that it would be worth the ‘night out’ after a long day, but the show didn’t stop impressing from start to finish.

I was only concerned when I watched the cast begin to slide down the bannister of the cell but as they did with everything in slinky and sassy fashion. And my expectations were surpassed time and time again.

CHICAGO: The story

Set amidst the decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes the show-stopping songs Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango, and All That Jazz.  Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, Book now.

CHICAGO is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 May 2022.

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