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Gaby Roslin Returns as West End Chicago's Mama

By • West End
Television presenter Gaby Roslin (pictured) will return this winter to the West End production of Chicago, recreating her role as Mama Morton for eight weeks from 1 December 2003.

Roslin - best known as the face of TV programmes such as Whatever You Want and Television's Greatest Hits in addition to Big Breakfast - made her West End debut in the show in November 2002 (See News, 11 Oct 2002), extending her contract through to March of this year. She now follows Anita Dobson into the role of the ballsy prison matron. While performing in the evenings, Roslin will also be appearing live on television each day, presenting The Terry and Gaby Show on Channel 5.

In other casting changes, Tiffany Graves and Alex Bourne return to the show from 3 November 2003, as Velma Kelly and Billy Flynn, replacing Ruthie Henshall and Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, who leave at the end of their contracts. Frances Ruffelle and Paul Baker remain as Roxie and Amos Hart.

Chicago, 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. Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Rick Clarke. Musical supervision is by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Marcus Savage. The production is choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and directed by Walter Bobbie.

The musical opened at the Adelphi in November 1997 and went on to win the 1998 Olivier for Outstanding Musical Production and the 1998 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

- by Terri Paddock


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