6-11 June 2016
Reviewed by Becky Linsell
The International Award winning musical Chicago is currently touring the UK and is in Sheffield this week from 6th to 11th June 2016. Chicago is based on the play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins and is the second longest running musical on Broadway, having watched it last night I understand why. It is a performance not to be missed!
Chicago is a story about the chorus girl, Roxie Hart, who following shooting her lover was arrested for her crime and sent to Cook County Jail. The show is set in the woman’s block at Cook County Jail where in the 1920’s there were over a dozen women on “murderess row.” All the women had a story to tell but the show in particular follows Roxie (played by Hayley Tamaddon, who is well versed in stage roles but is recognised for her roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale) and her fellow inmate Velma Kelly (Sophie Carmen-Jones) vie for the limelight as they both desire to make headlines in the press, who had a voracious appetite for the stories of their crimes.
Both women are represented by the sharp suited, hot shot lawyer Billy Flynn (played by John Partridge who is well known to the stage but better known for this role in Eastenders) who is smooth, charming and only after their money to get them off the hook for their misdemeanours.
The show also features the very popular (represented by the cheers from the audience during the performance) Sam Bailey as Mama Morton, who won the X Factor during December 2013.
The stage set is minimal and monochrome, and the band remain in stage for the whole performance. The band play a major role in the performance and have a great energy and sense of humour and provide some real laugh out loud moments during the show.
From the start of the show there is a constant energy from the scantily clad dancers, and throughout the show well know numbers are punched out, “All That Jazz”, “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango” (my personal favourite) and “We Both Reached for the Gun” to name a few.
The performances throughout the cast were excellent, my personal favourites would have to be Billy Flynn for his huge stage presence and great voice, the performances of Roxie whose facial expressions and pitch perfect voice (particularly in the song “We Both Reached for the Gun”) make her performance and of Velma, whose sharp sexy dance moves demonstrate perfect casting for the role. I also have to mention very talented A D Richardson who plays Mary Sunshine, who has the most extraordinary voice and is an excellent comic, I shall say no more as I do not want to spoil the surprise!
I enjoyed this show from start to finish, it is fast paced, with its class act dancers and singers, it is definitely not a show to be missed. It comes highly recommended by me.
Tickets cost from £25.50 to £39 (booking fees may apply).
Chicago is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until 11 June 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000