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Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the West End production of Chicago

Cuba Gooding, Jr. debuts as Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway

Gooding, Jr. is set to play a limited engagement at the Ambassadors Theatre through to November 18, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Show Me the Razzle Dazzle! Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. reprises his performance as Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Kander & Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago from tonight, having originated the role in the new West End production earlier this year. He will play a limited engagement in the role through to November 18, 2018 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Check out our exclusive interview with Mr. Gooding, Jr., filmed during his West End run, on our London Theatre Guide sister site here!

Cuba Gooding, Jr. made his Broadway debut as Ludie Watts in the 2013 revival of The Trip to Bountiful and his London run as Billy Flynn marked his West End debut. He is best known for his appearances in such films as "Boyz n the Hood," "Gladiator," "A Few Good Men," "Men of Honor," "Pearl Harbor," "Radio," "American Gangster," "Red Tails," "The Butler," "Selma," and an Oscar-winning performance in 1996's "Jerry Maguire". He also earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2016 for his portrayal of O.J. Simpson in FX's "American Crime Story".

Directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, Chicago features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.

The Broadway revival of Chicago began previews at the Ambassador Theatre on October 23, 1996, officially opening on November 14.

Synopsis: "Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defence and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public." The show features such showtune classics as "All That Jazz", "Razzle Dazzle", and "Mr. Cellophane", among many others.

The creative team features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including "Best Musical Revival," and the winner of the Grammy Award for "Best Musical Cast Recording."

Chicago Tickets are available now for performances through to March 31, 2019.

(Photo by Tristram Kenton)

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