Chicago the Musical Hits London

April 20th, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

Chicago the Musical, London production is indeed “All That Jazz.” Currently playing in the Cambridge Theatre this musical is set during the Prohibition-era in Chicago and satirizes the concept of corruption and what it means to be a celebrity criminal. It is based on the 1926 play of the same name by Maurin Dallas Watkins. Famed choreographer, Bob Fosse, originally choreographed this dance spectacular. Music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb. This musical has been so successful that it has received seven Laurence Olivier nominations and won one for Outstanding Musical Production.

The Cambridge theatre is a West End theatre that is located in the London Borough of Camden. It was built in 1929 and finished in 1930. It is noted for its elegant design and was refurbished in 1950 and then restored to its original décor in 1987. The Cambridge theatre has housed a few productions. Famous shows such as Grease, Fame, Our House, and Jerry Springer-The Opera have all had their run in this theatre. It is currently home to Chicago after it moved from the Adelphi Theatre.

This musical is about chorus girl, Roxie Hart and her dream to become the next big celebrity. When she kills her lover during a quarrel she is eventually arrested and taken to the Cook County Jail, where she learns that they system is very corrupted. It is here that she meets the infamous Velma Kelly another prisoner who murdered both her husband and sister. Kelly is not thrilled about Cook County’s new inmate since Hart is stealing both Kelly’s limelight and her attorney, Billy Flynn. Flynn is the best attorney in all of Chicago and has an exclusive all-girl clientele. He rearranges Hart’s story in order for to receive sympathy from the press. While all the inmates vie for some sort of celebrity attention, it is both Hart and Kelly that steal the spotlight in the end.


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