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CHICAGO - Killer hit musical returns to razzle dazzle again!
It would be criminal to miss it!
*PG is advised owing to adult themes
A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin surrounded by the razzle dazzle of the world’s sexiest musical soon returns to the Teatro stage! YOU’VE GOT IT COMIN’ as the story of the award-winning Broadway and West End musical CHICAGO unfolds to show-stopping songs including ‘All that Jazz’, ‘Cell Block Tango’ and ‘Mister Cellophane’.
The multi-talented all-South African touring cast, band and crew began rehearsals in Johannesburg in August 2018 ahead of an international year-long tour that began in New Zealand. First stop was Auckland, followed by Wellington where audiences were dazzled and critics raved. In October the show moved to China, opening at the Grand Theatre in Chongqing. Three more engagements followed in October before opening in Beijing in November; Guangzhou in December and Shanghai in December 2018 and January 2019. The company returned to South Africa in January 2019, ahead of the South African leg of the tour in association with BBC First. After the South African season the SA International company will be touring Europe. Long may the standing ovations continue across continents as these musical ambassadors continue to proudly fly the South African flag high.
The Cast & Production:
After eleven years, this sensual, seductive smash hit musical returns to these venues bringing back one of this country’s most successful theatre productions. And, back for the show are leads Samantha Peo (Cabaret, West Side Story, Strictly Come Dancing) now in the role of Velma Kelly and Ilse Klink (Mamma Mia!, Show Boat, Isidingo) plays Matron Mama Morton for the third South African season. Craig Urbani (Sound of Music, Rock of Ages, Scandal) reprises the role of the devious lawyer, Billy Flynn in South Africa. Also returning to the show is KJ Haupt (Rocky Horror, Carmen, Phantom of the Opera) as Mary Sunshine with Carmen Pretorius (Sound of Music, Jersey Boys, Lien se Lankstaanskoene) and Grant Towers (Funny Girl, Sound of Music, Avenue Q) joining the company in the principal roles of husband and wife, Roxie Hart and Amos Heart. Ensemble members from CHICAGO’s 2005 and 2008 seasons, also returning to the show are husband and wife, Ferdi Gernandt and Diani Gernandt and Tandi Gavin. The remainder of the CHICAGO ensemble features Lesego van Niekerk, Raquel Munn, Natasha van der Merwe, Brittané van Loggerenberg, Jenna Robinson Child, Alexandra Girard, Jarryd Nurden, Michael Fullard, Hugo Madeleyn, Craig Arnolds, Thamsanqa Njoko, Sibusiso Mxosana, Darren Greef and Stephan van der Walt.
Produced by Showtime Management in association with Barry & Fran Weissler and David Ian CHICAGO has a combined South African and international creative team including Associate Director, Tânia Nardini and Re-creation of New York Production Choreography by Gary Chryst, both of whom have staged CHICAGO across multiple continents. Award-winning Musical Director, Bryan Schimmel (Jersey Boys, Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) leads the 11-piece orchestra and the sexy, stylish ensemble will once again razzle-dazzle South African audiences. This great musical is simply … Broadway at its best.
Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards, CHICAGO is the longest-running musical revival in Broadway history and truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” (The Times, UK).
CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway and the West End great – a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another, including Razzle Dazzle; the sexiest, most sensational dancing and a sharply sophisticated set which incorporates the live orchestra.
It’s no surprise that this devilishly delicious musical has brought cheering audiences to their feet all around the world, from Australia to Argentina, from Spain to South Africa. An estimated 31 million people have seen CHICAGO, which has played over 32,500 performances worldwide.
- “CHICAGO is Entertainment with a capital E!” NEW ZEALAND HERALD
- “South African company's Chicago razzle dazzles Auckland!” NEW ZEALAND HERALD
- “CHICAGO’s spotlight won’t be dimming anytime soon.” New Zealand Herald
- “…a scintillating show filled with magic, energy and tension.” NATIONAL DAILY REVIEW
- “One of the best big show entertainments of the year.” NATIONAL DAILY REVIEW
- “A killer chorus, exceptional choreography, razzle, dazzle and all that jazz.” DIVERSIONS
- “…if you have the opportunity to get along, take it. It would be a crime to miss out!” DIVERSIONS
- “The performers are world class, and they’ve definitely got the voices to pull off these big numbers along with the moves to match” KUWNZ Entertainment Magazine
- “We are enthralled and energised for over two marvellous hours….. Get down fast. This thing moves!” THEATREREVIEW.ORG
CHICAGO was first created by the legendary Broadway trio of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (book/lyrics) and Bob Fosse (co-author, original director and choreographer) in 1975, and was based on a 1926 Broadway play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a journalist from the Chicago Tribune who had covered the sensational trials of two women, both of whom were accused of killing their lovers whilst under the influence of drink and jazz.
Kander and Ebb enjoyed a collaboration that spanned four decades, defined musical theatre on Broadway and earned them numerous awards. Bob Fosse was one of Broadway’s biggest and brightest creative stars, renowned for his innovative and spectacular staging, with the emphasis on exhilarating dance sequences. He turned out one hit after another from the 1950s to the late 70s and is the only director so far to have won an Oscar, two Tony Awards and an Emmy Award in the same year, 1973.
In November 1996 a revival of CHICAGO opened on Broadway produced by Barry & Fran Weissler, and a year later they opened the show in London’s West End. The rest, as they say, is history, as CHICAGO is currently playing its 22nd year in New York where it holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. In the West End, CHICAGO ran for 15 years where it also became the longest-running musical revival as well as the longest-running Broadway musical to play there, and returned to London in March 2018. The show’s global success has reached over 36 countries and has been translated into 11 different languages.CHICAGO continues to be one of the most successful international musical hits of all time. CHICAGO's international appeal stems from its enticing tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery-characteristics the entire world is drawn to. “I know a WHOOPEE spot …."