CHICAGO The Musical Hits Sydney – Does this format really work?

Posted by | August 26, 2019 | Musicals, Show Reviews

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The multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO razzle dazzles in Australia this year. Produced in Australia by John Frost and Suzanne Jones, this Australian production has opened at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and will continue onto QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from November 2 and the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from December 14. The sassy musical stars some of Australia’s most talented performers. Starring as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart, is one of our most versatile entertainers, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and joining her as the empowered and glamorous Velma Kelly is musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey. Much adored Casey Donovan plays the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. Playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn, in Sydney and Brisbane is iconic Australian actor and entertainer Tom Burlinson and in Melbourne, will be Australian superstar Jason Donovan

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“We are so thrilled to have this incredible Australian cast join us in bringing this New York institution back to Australia. CHICAGO has everything that people love about Broadway, a story of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping number after another and the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen as well as the most sizzling score” said producer John Frost.

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Producer Suzanne Jones added, “We cannot wait to see this cast make these iconic roles their own whilst supported by a slick ensemble cast. We are so privileged to have the most exceptional performers joining us on this production who are sure to bring the razzle dazzle!”

The Kander & Ebb musical has been seen by over 31 million people worldwide in 36 countries and is the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. CHICAGO continues to play on Broadway and around the world in multiple languages and is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte joins the cast as Roxie Hart having developed a rich career as an actor, musician and TV presenter. The multiple Logie Award nominee has vast acting credits in film and on television including her successful run on Neighbours as Izzy Hoyland. Natalie was the host of So You Think You Can Dance and a judge on The X Factor in both Australia and New Zealand. As the front woman for Australian pop dance group The Rogue Traders she went on to dominate the pop music charts before she also released her solo album which debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA charts. She turns full circle returning to the stage after commencing her career in musical theatre productions such as Rent, Grease and Footloose.

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Joining Natalie as Broadway’s most infamous femme fatales is Alinta Chidzey in the role of Velma Kelly. Alinta has forged a most successful career in entertainment from her acting credits in Wentworth, Neighbours and Winners and Losers to her album releases as a Jazz vocalist and songwriter. She has most notably earned her position as one of Australia’s true leading ladies of the musical theatre stage having performed as Anita in West Side Story, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Kathy Selden in Singin’ In the Rain, Magnolia in Show Boat and joined Hugh Jackman on stage in his Broadway to Oz tour.

Playing Matron ‘Mama’ Morton is powerhouse vocalist Casey Donovan. She is best known to Australian audiences after winning Australian Idol as a 16 year old in 2004. Since then Casey has flourished into one of the country’s most in demand performers. She continues to release music after her ARIA Number 1 debut album and tours extensively playing live around Australia. She won the title on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2017 whilst also nurturing a blossoming stage career which has seen her cast in musical theatre productions including The Flower Children, The Sapphires, Rent and We Will Rock You.

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The smooth talking Billy Flynn will be played by Tom Burlinson in Sydney and Brisbane. Tom’s incredible performing career has spanned over 40 years. Since his breakthrough role in the iconic The Man from Snowy River Tom has been a fixture on Australian stages, films and television. The NIDA graduate has appeared in many musicals in Australia including The Producers, Miracle City and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was a judge on Australia Got Talent alongside Dannii Minogue and Red Symons for 3 seasons. Tom’s film career has seen him appear in many Australian and international films including Phar Lap, Flesh & Blood, Windrider and Piece of Cake. Most recently the stage is where Tom spends most of his time having created and toured with many music shows including Frank – A Life in Song, Now we’re Swingin!, Young at Heart with Melinda Schneider, Swing That Music with Emma Pask, Ed Wilson and The Sydney All Star Big Band and Great American Songbook.

Photo By Trevor White 2019

The smooth talking Billy Flynn will be played by Tom Burlinson in Sydney and Brisbane. Tom’s incredible performing career has spanned over 40 years. Since his breakthrough role in the iconic The Man from Snowy River Tom has been a fixture on Australian stages, films and television. The NIDA graduate has appeared in many musicals in Australia including The Producers, Miracle City and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was a judge on Australia Got Talent alongside Dannii Minogue and Red Symons for 3 seasons. Tom’s film career has seen him appear in many Australian and international films including Phar Lap, Flesh & Blood, Windrider and Piece of Cake. Most recently the stage is where Tom spends most of his time having created and toured with many music shows including Frank – A Life in Song, Now we’re Swingin!, Young at Heart with Melinda Schneider, Swing That Music with Emma Pask, Ed Wilson and The Sydney All Star Big Band and Great American Songbook.

SYDNEY SEASON DETAILS

Venue: Capitol Theatre Season: From 20 August 2019

Performance Times: Midweek Matinees, Weekend matinees and Tuesday – Sunday Evenings Price: From $59.90*

Bookings: www.chicagothemusical.com.au

* An additional transaction fee may apply

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