Those murderous ladies are back behind bars for a new national tour of the hit musical, Chicago, which launches from New Theatre, Oxford, in February.
EastEnders’ and West End dish, John Partridge, stars as the charismatic lawyer, Billy Flynn, alongside Corrie & Emmerdale favourite Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart.
Real life former prison warden turned X Factor winner, Sam Bailey, plays Mama Morton.
“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”… so begins the international award-winning musical.
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and, along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.
A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.
Partridge (Christian Clarke in EastEnders) has won a whole new set of fans after proving a star attraction on the West End stage.
His musical theatre credits include Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, John in Miss Saigon and, most recently, Zach in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.
He was also a judge on BBC1’s Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search to find a Dorothy for the musical The Wizard of Oz.
Hayley Tamaddon has already proved her criminal credentials playing Lloyd’s lying, thieving girlfriend, Andrea, Beckett in Coronation Street.
She also played Del Dingle in Emmerdale. Her numerous theatre credits include The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show.
Sam Bailey worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree for three years until 2013. At the end of that year she won the tenth series of The X Factor receiving more than a million votes over the course of the final weekend.
Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle.
With six Tony, two Olivier, one Grammy, two Bafta and six Academy Awards, Chicago has been dubbed “The sharpest, slickest show on the block”.
Its 1997 London debut won rave reviews and immediately became a sell-out hit running for 15 years. he show is currently playing in New York where it holds the record as the longest running musical revival and also the second longest running musical in Broadway history.
2016 Tour Dates
February 12-20, New Theatre Oxford
February 22-27, New Wimbledon Theatre
February 29-March 5, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
March 7-12, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
March 14-19, Milton Keynes Theatre (Sam Bailey will not be performing on 19 March)
March 21-April 2, Manchester Opera House (Sam Bailey will not be performing on 25 and 26 March)
April 4-9, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
April 11-16, Congress Theatre, Eaastbourne
April 25-30, Princess Theatre, Torquay
May 2-7, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
May 11-21, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
May 23-28, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton (Sam Bailey will not be performing on 25, 27 and 28 May)
May 30-June 4, Hawth Theatre, Crawley
June 13-18, Edinburgh Playhouse
June 20-25, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (Sam Bailey will not be performing on 25 June)
June 27-July 2, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
July 4-9, Bristol Hippodrome