It has been confirmed that the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, American Idol and YouTube will join the London production of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre.
Joining the cast of Chicago from the 19th November, Todrick Hall will play the smooth talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the production. He will be joining Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.
Alexandra Burke is currently playing the role of Roxie Hart until the 10th November, while Duncan James continues to play the role of Billy Flynn until the 17th November.
Todrick Hall first came to the public’s attention as a semi-finalist on the ninth series of American Idol. He joined YouTube in 2006 where he now has 2.9 million subscribers. In 2016 he appeared as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, later appearing as a full-time judge for RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 2 and again for the ninth season last year. His previous stage credits include appearing on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago and Lola in Kinky Boots.
The Kander and Ebb musical has won six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy award. It returned to London earlier this year, having originally ran in London for 15 years, making it the West End’s longest running revival.
It first opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 18th November 1997. It won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Musical Production’ as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for ‘Best Musical’. The musical transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006, where it ran for five years until 27th August 2011. The show then opened at the Garrick Theatre on 7th November 2011, where it ran until 1st September 2012.
Chicago is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival of was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.