The last time Chicago ran in the West End, it introduced the concept of ‘stunt casting.’
Major TV and pop celebrities were constantly brought in with a fanfare of press each time to take over a lead role and keep interst in the show high. It worked and the London revival ran from 1997 to 2012. It was a game-changing tactic and helped reinvigorate London’s theatreland.
The new production of Kander and Ebbs iconic show will celebrate the 21st Anniversary of that revival.
In true “razzle dazzle ’em” fashion, the producers have brought in a major Hollywood leading man to high kick it all off.
Cuba Gooding Jr has never sung on film or stage before but the video below proves he has been hiding an impressive talent. The Oscar-winner will take the iconic role of Billy Flynn, played by Richard Gere in the smash hit movie.
Cuba did his own razzle dazzling at a Cannes party a few years ago when he burst into the blues and blew everyone away.
He also has the pedigree – both his parents were professional singers, his father with The Main Ingredient and his mother with The Sweethearts.
The smarmy lawyer Billy Flynn has been played on the London stage by everyone from Marti Pellow, David Hasselhoff, John Barrowman and Tony Hadley to Jerry Springer.
Cuba’s newly discovered vocal talents and the sheer exhuberance he brough to that legendary “Show me teh money” Jerry Maguire role guarantees a scene-stealing performance.
Chicago will open at the Phoenix theatre, London, on March 26.
For tickets and info call 0844 871 7627 or go to: www.atgtickets.com/shows/chicago/phoenix-theatre/