Further casting has been announced for Chicago the musical’s return to the West End.
Joining the previously announced Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr as Billy Flynn will be Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall when the musical returns to the West End stage at the Phoenix Theatre from the 26th March.
Sarah Soetaert will be recreating the role of Roxie Hart, the role she previously played at the Cambridge and Garrick Theatres. Her previous theatre work includes Cats, Carousel, Fame, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, The Sound of Music and The Glenn Miller Story.
Having originally played the role of Roxie Hart at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres, Josefina Gabrielle will now make her West End debut as Velma Kelly. Josefina’s other London and West End credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Hello, Dolly!opposite Samantha Spiro, Sweet Charity, Maria Friedman’s production of Merrily We Roll Along, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical.
Ruthie Henshall is the only British actress to have played all three leading roles in Chicago. Having originated the role of Roxie Hart, then Velma Kelly and she now returns to the musical to play Mama Morton. Her previous stage credits also include: Miss Saigon, Children of Eden, Les Misérables, Crazy For You, Oliver! and She Loves Me.
Chicago returns to the West End after a UK and international tour, having last been seen in London in September 2012. The musical originally ran in the West End for fifteen years, having first opened at the Adelphi Theatre in November 1997. It then transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in 2006 and then the Garrick Theatre 2011.
The musical has won numerous awards including winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Musical Production’ as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for ‘Best Musical’.
Chicago the musical is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins and features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival of the show was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and directed by Walter Bobbie.
Chicago will play at the Phoenix Theatre from the 26th March and is currently booking until the 30th June 2018. To book tickets click here or visit: Encore Tickets, Ticketmaster.co.uk, See Tickets.com, ATG Tickets, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk and Love Theatre.com.