Chicago (UK Tour) – Review

Chicago (UK Tour): Churchill Theatre, Bromley

22nd November 2021

★★★★★

Hailed as being one of the sexiest musicals ever, Chicago is currently touring the UK and wowing audiences. Amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920’s Roxie Hart finds herself up for murder. Desperate to avoid prison she hirers Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer and tries to dupe the public, media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly. One of Kander and Ebb’s most loved shows, Chicago boasts incredible choreography from Bob Fosse and a sexy, sassy score including ‘Razzle Dazzle‘, ‘Cell Block Tango‘ and ‘All That Jazz‘. Boasting 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations, Chicago certainly isn’t one to miss.

As audiences would rightly expect from Chicago, the dancing is top notch. The incredibly intricate and technically challenging moves by Bob Fosse are perfectly executed with superb timing. All of the cast excel throughout with Faye Brookes bringing out Roxie’s attitude and comedy brilliantly. Vocally, Brookes is powerful and is able to breathe new life into the score. Darren Day as Billy Flynn, is also well cast and his charismatic performance is just right for the slick lawyer. At times, fan favourite Sinitta, lacks the power and authority of Mama Morton but vocally she impresses. Joel Montague steals the audiences heart during his solo number ‘Mr Cellophane’ and Djalenga Scott is excellent as Velma, wowing the audience with the height of her kicks and incredible vocals.

Chicago is a long term favourite of many audience members and they certainly won’t be disappointed with the new UK Tour. Excecuted brilliantly, the show remains true to the original format. The onstage band are extremely talented and a real highlight of the show is getting to see the musicians themselves. Full of sex and sass, Chicago is a sure fire hit.

Chicago is currently playing at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley until Saturday 27th November before continuing on its UK and International Tour. For tickets click here.

Photo Credit: Tristram Kenton

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