Chicago Tour Extends by Eight Cities to Jun 2002Date: 23 October 2001
The UK tour of Chicago has added six months of new dates to its extensive schedule. The regional production of the hit musical - which runs concurrent to the West End production at London's Adelphi Theatre - opened last month at the Manchester Opera House and had been booking dates up to January 2002. It has confirmed a further eight cities taking the touring schedule up to 15 June 2002.
The Chicago tour stars John Altman (as Billy Flynn), Jane Fowler (Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly) and Martin Callaghan (Amos Hart). Altman is best known to TV audiences as EastEnders' Nick Cotton, which his theatre work includes Oliver, Carousel, Little Tramp and Oh What a Night. Fowler was in the show in the West End, where her other credits include Spend Spend Spend, Crazy For You and Sweet Charity. Wright is an accomplished cabaret singer and dancer and Callaghan has recently been seen in Jesus Christ Superstar, Aspects of Love and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Chicago opened in London on 18 November 1997 and has played to sold-out audiences for much of its duration. The show won the 1998 Olivier for Outstanding Musical Production and also the Critics' Circle Best Musical Award in the same year. Other versions are currently playing in New York, across the United States and in Buenos Aires, with a Dusseldorf opening expected in the autumn.
The story is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, and concerns two nightclub singers who become embroiled in murder. The music is by John Kander with lyrics from Fred Ebb, and musical supervision is provided by Rob Fisher. The current West End production is being staged by the entire original Broadway creative team.
Currently in Bristol, Chicago calls this year at Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sunderland and Oxford, while its new 2002 dates will take it to Plymouth, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bradford, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
- by Terri Paddock