Wednesday 17th August

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Chicago: The Musical © The Phoenix Theatre

Chicago The Musical

Rating:

Sandip Kana, What’s On London reviewer

Despite good performances from much of the cast, Walter Bobbie’s new incarnation of the frank and funny classic lacks a slice of razzle dazzle.

It would be difficult not to have noticed the large array of promotional posters across London heralding the return of Chicago, pitted as one of the West End’s ‘must see’ musicals.  But although there are a number of commendable aspects to this production, overall it is disappointingly flat compared to previous stellar iterations.

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Category: Theatre
Sophie Carmen Jones slays as Velma Kelly
Sophie Carmen Jones slays as Velma Kelly

Rouge your knees and pull your stockings down – Chicago is in town!

“Murder, greed, corruption, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.”

Remember in 2002, when Catherine Zeta-Jones slid down a well-oiled table in suspenders and bagged herself an Oscar for her performance in Chicago?  I certainly do.  And the only reason I know about the well-oiled table is because I attempted it in my Year 8 English classroom, with painful results ….

Chicago is probably my favourite musical.  Based on true events back in the 1920s, it tells the story of Roxie Hart, who shoots her lover and enlists the help of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn to free herself from jail.  Along the way, we meet double-murderess Velma Kelly, spicy Matron Mama Morton and blink-and-you’ll-miss-him Amos Hart.  And it’s currently at the New Wimbledon Theatre, before carrying on its tour of the UK.

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Category: Music