A NIGHTCLUB singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin surrounded by the razzle dazzle of the world’s sexiest musical soon returns to the stage in Cape Town and Johannesburg. You’ve got it comin’ as the story of the award-winning Broadway and West End musical Chicago unfolds to show-stopping songs including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Mister Cellophane.
The multi-talented all-South African touring cast, band and crew began rehearsals in Johannesburg in August 2018 ahead of an international year-long tour that began in New Zealand. The company returned to South Africa in January 2019 for the South African leg of the tour in association with BBC First. Chicago will be at Artscape, Cape Town, from March 15 till April 149, thereafter heading to Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg from April 20 till May 26. Booking is open at Computicket.
After the South African season the SA international company will tour Europe.
Back for the show are leads Samantha Peo (Cabaret, West Side Story, Strictly Come Dancing) now in the role of Velma Kelly and Ilse Klink (Mamma Mia!, Show Boat, Isidingo) plays Matron Mama Morton for the third South African season. Craig Urbani (Sound of Music, Rock Of Ages, Scandal) reprises the role of the devious lawyer, Billy Flynn. Also returning to the show is KJ Haupt (Rocky Horror, Carmen, Phantom Of The Opera) as Mary Sunshine with Carmen Pretorius (Sound Of Music, Jersey Boys, Lien se Lankstaanskoene) and Grant Towers (Funny Girl, Sound Of Music, Avenue Q) joining the company in the principal roles of husband and wife, Roxie Hart and Amos Heart.
“We are delighted to have most of the original company for our return, and I believe the tremendous talents of each and every member in the company will take this all-South African production to even greater heights in 2019,” says Hazel Feldman, Chicago’s SA producer. “From its unique choreography in the style of Bob Fosse to its sizzling score and intriguing plot performed by some of this country’s most talented performers makes it one show not to be missed.”
Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards, Chicago is the longest-running musical revival in Broadway history