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Chicago The Musical to tour the UK in 2021

Chicago The Musical. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DAVID Ian, in association with Barry and Fran Weissler, has announced that the multi award-winning musical Chicago will tour the UK in 2021.

The show will open at the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre on March 12 before continuing to Birmingham, Sunderland, Liverpool, Woking, Milton Keynes, Eastbourne, Crawley, Torquay, Cardiff, Manchester, Inverness, Southend, Stoke-on-Trent, Ipswich, Bristol, Plymouth, Northampton, Hull and Southampton, with further dates to be announced.

Casting will also be announced in due course.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle 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, Chicago is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Since it opened in New York in 1996, Chicago has played in 36 countries worldwide, and been performed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, French, Danish, Japanese and Korean. Worldwide it has been seen by an estimated 33 million people, grossed over $1.7 billion and played over 32,500 performances.

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

Image: Chicago The Musical. Photo by Paul Kolnik.