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Mel B as Roxie Hart in Chicago
Mel B as Roxie Hart in Chicago


This week is your final chance to add a bit of spice to your day in these cold winter months and catch Mel B in her final performances as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s most sizzling musical Chicago - our #ShowOfTheWeek! So spice up your life and revisit this titillating story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we (of course) hold near and dear to our hearts!

Chicago is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, behind Andrew Lloyd Webber’s infamous Phantom, and still holds the record of being the longest-running musical revival and longest-running American musical on the Great White Way… And long may it continue to razzle dazzle us!

No wonder countless stars from the outside world have wanted to grace the Broadway stage in this classic Kander & Ebb Tony-winning tuner. The list reads like a who's who, from Usher to Jerry Springer, Patrick Swayze to Brandy, and from Amy Spanger to Brooke Shields, so many have utilised the opportunity to play limited engagements in Chicago, boost their appeal and musical credibility, and get bitten by the theatre bug in the process.

On the other side of the spectrum, some of the company’s principals have been with the show (off and on) for quite some time and continue to delight with every performance. LaVon Fisher-Wilson’ brassy and sultry Mama Morton, Raymond Bokhour’s ever-loveable Amos and R. Lowe’s skilled, gender-bending performance as Mary Sunshine are always crowd-pleasing and essential parts of the production, offering the degree of stability that takes it smoothly through its many cast changes. And Amra-Faye Wright has become perhaps the most recognised and celebrated Velma Kelly in the show's history. The native South African has mastered the role of many years, both on Broadway and in the West End and in international tours across the globe. In 2010, she even became the first actress to have performed the role in both English and Japanese!

Although this production is the ripe old age of twenty years now, the terrific onstage band makes those Kander & Ebb classics as fresh as ever. Chicago proves that you don’t need to bombard your audience with a number of lavish sets or elaborate costume changes to put together a winning musical. All you need is an intriguing story, that unforgettable Bob Fosse-style choreography… and "All That Jazz"!

So we'll tell you what you want... what you really, really want... A ticket to Chicago this week!

Click here for tickets to Chicago, which is booking through to July 16, 2017 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre.

- by Tom Millward

Production Details
Venue: Ambassador Theatre
Genre: Musical
Previewed: 23 Oct 1996
Opened: 14 Nov 1996
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Book: Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb
Director: Walter Bobbie

Synopsis: The musical exploration of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery - all those things that we hold dear to our hearts. Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defense and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. Featuring well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane.'

Cast: Mel B (Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Christopher Sieber (Billy Flynn), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart), LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Mama Morton) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine)

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