Chicago arrives in Sydney

by | Jun 4, 2024

 

Described by The Times (UK) as “The sharpest, slickest show on the block”, the musical phenomenon CHICAGO arrives in Sydney this week for a strictly limited season at the Capitol Theatre following critical acclaim and capacity audiences in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. Tickets for the final Sydney performance have just been released – CHICAGO opens this Sunday 9 June for seven weeks only.

 

Audiences been raving about “the show of the year” (Australian Arts Review) on social media and critics have praised the production and the cast with five star reviews.

 

“★★★★★ Sexy and sophisticated, a musical masterclass.” – The West Australian

“★★★★ Masterful star studded production.” – The Guardian

Sexy, pin-sharp and near flawless.” – Sydney Morning Herald

The energy was infectious. If you haven’t experienced CHICAGO yet it’s high time you did.”– Courier Mail

 

The longest-running show now playing on Broadway, this scorching hot masterpiece includes a dazzling score that includes All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, it’s no wonder CHICAGO has been honoured with six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, and a Grammy®.

 

Australia’s leading theatre producer, John Frost for Crossroads Live, has assembled a stellar cast for CHICAGO. One of Australian theatre’s greatest leading men, Anthony Warlow, plays the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn. Returning to the stage to play the powerful and glamorous Velma Kelly is one of Australia’s favourite actors, Zoë Ventoura. Joining her as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart is in-demand musical theatre star Lucy Maunder. As Roxie’s gullible and hapless husband, Amos, is much-loved comedy icon and character actor Peter Rowsthorn. Following her star turn as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, Asabi Goodman plays the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.

 

S. Valeri features as the soft-hearted crime reporter Mary Sunshine, while the talented group of ensemble and swings comprises Hayden Baum, Devon Braithwaite, Olivia Carniato, Angelique Cassimatis, Todd Dewberry, Louis Fontaine, Chaska Halliday, Sarah Heath, Matthew Jenson, Ethan Jones, Savannah Lind, Kristina McNamara, Tom New, Nathan Pinnell, Rania Potaka-Osborne, Priscilla Stavrou and Romina Villafranca.

 

Audiences have been giving standing ovations every performance to our extraordinary cast, led by Anthony Warlow, Zoë Ventoura, Lucy Maunder, Peter Rowsthorn and Asabi Goodman alongside the hottest ensemble in town, and now its Sydney’s turn,” said John Frost. “CHICAGO has everything that people love about a Broadway musical – a story of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping number after another and the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen. Get in fast before the season sells out to enjoy the razzle dazzle of this New York institution.”

 

Set amidst the decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer Billy Flynn to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

 

CHICAGO, which is based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival of CHICAGO is choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

 

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, treachery… and All That Jazz. What else could you desire in a musical? The original and the best, CHICAGO is back. It would be a crime to miss it!

 

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SYDNEY

Venue: Capitol Theatre

Season: 9 June – 28 July

Performance Times: Tue-Thurs 7pm, Fri-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm (performance times vary each week)

Prices: From $69.90 (transaction fees apply)

Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Groups 8+ email groups@ticketmaster.com.au

 

ADELAIDE

Venue: Festival Theatre

Season: From 4 August

Performance Times: Tues-Thurs 7pm, Fri-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm (performance times vary each week)

Prices: From $69.90 (transaction fees apply)

Bookings: ticketek.com.au or phone 131 246

Groups 8+ call 08 8205 2220

 

CANBERRA

Venue: Canberra Theatre Centre

Season: From 7 September

Performance Times: Tues-Sat 7pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm

Prices: From $69.90 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings: canberratheatrecentre.com.au or (02) 6275 2700

Groups 8+ call (02) 6275 2727

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