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Crazy for You – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Selwyn Knight You have to feel sorry for Bobby Child. He’s caught between two overbearing women in New York, his mother, Lottie,  who wants him in the family banking business and Irene, his fiancée of five years standing. Neither woman gets on with the other. No wonder all ...

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Chicago – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Sophie Carmen-Jones as Velma in Chicago

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine a world in which the usual rules are turned on their head, in which ordinary people can be catapulted to celebrity status for, at best, dubious reasons, in which the masses are in thrall to the cult of celebrity thanks to the ...

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Chicago – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Inspired by the sensational crime stories she covered during the Prohibition Era for the Chicago Tribune, and in particular the trials of two real-life Jazz Babies accused of murdering their lovers: the much-married cabaret chanteuse ...

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Chicago – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Adaptor: David Thompson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Hannah Stamp With a dimly lit stage, a cloud of smoke smothering the spotlight and a seductive array of black clinging costumes, Chicago sizzles like the stage of an underground burlesque club. With just enough humour to offset ...

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Chicago – Bristol Hippodrome

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer:Naomi Stevens 1920s Chicago. Murder. Fame. The days when Chicago was a mix of prohibition era criminality and the excitement of Jazz. The story is based around both – a prison full of murderesses whose crimes were mostly committed under the influence of illegal alcohol and easy access to ...

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Chicago – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Gareth Davies Little excites the popular press as much as a criminal trial with a celebrity defendant, and Kander and Ebb's musical satire on the interplay between crime and punishment, and fame and fortune remains an almost flawless theatrical package, with both wit and insightful analysis of the ...

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Chicago the Musical – Opera House, Manchester

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Lyrics: Fred Ebb Music: John Kander Book: Fred Ebb &Bob Fosse Choreography: Ann Reinking, Gary Chryst Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   The 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago - which opened in the West End in 1997 - has proved to have longer legs than the original 1975 production. Maybe its narrative of empty celebrity and fame for fame’s sake plays more ...

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Chicago – New Theatre, Oxford

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Lyrics: Fred Ebb Music: John Kander Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Chicago. The late 1920s. A city overrun with waist-coated gangsters, sleazy lawyers, and dolled-up dancing girls in short, sparkling dresses. A city in which every guy speaks out of the corner of his mouth and all the women blow seductive kisses ...

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