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Chicago Musical Hots Up Christmas
This Christmas gets a heavy dose of jazz and sass as steamy Chicago The Musical heads to Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre featuring a host of TV names.
Sophie Carmen Jones in Chicago the Musical at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre
Former EastEnders star John Partridge takes on the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn and joins Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart in the international award-winning musical.
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, the story revolves around murderess Roxie Hart and her cell block rival, double-killer Velma Kelly. The woman must rely on smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn and their notoriety in the press to help get them released.
With a soundtrack of killer, sassy jazz-fuelled tunes from Razzle Dazzle to Cell Black Tango, When You're Good To Mama and All That Jazz, plus Bob Fosse styled sexy choreography, the musical won six Tony awards along with two Oliviers and a Grammy. The hit movie starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Rene Zellwegger and Richard Gere secured it a further two Baftas and six Oscars.
Ex-EastEnders' star John Partridge is in Chicago The Musical.
The tour of Chicago is set to draw in crowds over the festive season when it comes to New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from December 12 to 31.
John Partridge is best known as Christian Clarke in EastEnders but he's also had an extensive history in musical theatre with roles like Rum Tum Tugger in Cats in the West End, John in Miss Saigon on the first UK national tour and most recently Zach in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. John was also a judge on BBC1's Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber's search to find a Dorothy for the musical The Wizard of Oz.
Dancing on Ice winner Hayley Tamaddon, who recently finished playing Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and also played Del Dingle in Emmerdale, is no stranger to theatre as she has played The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show.
Sexy and sassy scenes for Christmas with Chicago The Musical
Playing Velma is singer Sophie Carmen-Jones, who appears in the forthcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast. Her many West End credits include Jersey Boys, Wicked and We Will Rock You. The rest of the cast includes Neil Ditt as Amos Hart and A.D. Richardson as Mary Sunshine.
Andrew Lister, General Manager at the New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham said: "The festive season is the most important time of year for any theatre, and so I'm delighted that we are in for a heady dose of jazz and liquor this Christmas when the multi–award winning musical Chicago will make the New Alex it's home and look forward to welcoming this supremely talented cast to Birmingham."
Chicago is still playing in New York where it holds the record as the longest running musical revival and also the second longest running musical in Broadway history.
Chicago The Musical will be one of the crowd-pullers at Christmas
Chicago The Musical
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Mon 12 – Sat 31 Dec. 2016
Tickets cost £19.50 - £59.50. Call the Box Office on 0844 871 3011, for Groups of 10, call 0844 871 3031 or go online to the theatre website.