It’s been a short while but we are back at Sunderland Empire for the new tour of Chicago.
A fan favourite, the press night was sold out and was a brilliant show!
Chicago has been touring for over 20 years! Can you believe it was that long ago! It all kicked off at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway but for me, I was obsessed by the movie in 2002…and Catherine Zeta Jones Legs! “She’d say What’s youre sister like….”
As a teenager I would sit and watch this over and over again the memorise the words to every song whilst pretending I was Roxy or Velma. It depended which mood I was in.
The Broadway show has won numerous awards over the years including Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre and this is my second time seeing the same production but with a different cast.
The show is based in the mid 1920’s and focuses on the story of Velma Kelly (Djalenga Scott) and Roxy Heart (Faye Brookes) both self admitted murderers of their husbands and fighting to work with the best lawyer in town Billy Flynn (Lee Mead) , who is sure to get them off! The show itself was based on actual criminals from the 1920’s.
A Liquor and Jazz Story
I LOVE the role woman have in this musical especially in “cell block tango”. A song about how woman murder their husband’s but are actually better off despite being told they need to have a man! All the women were a force to be reckoned with and this song sets the mood for what the show is all about!
Djalenga was amazing! Her long legs and skills for musical theatre shone through in her part as one of the main characters. For our performer we had a stand in for Roxy but she absolutely blew me away. You can see that the whole cast LOVE the musical as much as I did. You know each and every song and dance move so well that it just oozes out of them.
This was the first time I have seem Lee Mead on stage. Famous for his role as Joseph I was intrigued to see him play the bad boy Billy Flynn. He nailed the Chicago accent. It wasn’t long before I was fully believing he was no Mr Nice Guys after all.
The show has done a fantastic run in the UK and around the world. Don’t miss you’re chance to grab tickets now. Here in the UK until end of July 2022.