Chicago the Musical comes to town (1)
What: Chicago the Musical
Where: Grimaldi Forum
When: 21 to 24 June 2012 (see below for times)
Tickets: €79 / €59 / €39 (reductions for children and groups), available from the Box Office and usual outlets
Contact: Tel +377 99 99 30 00
The international award-winning musical Chicago
- starring Ali Bastian as Roxie Hart, Stefan Booth as Billy Flynn, Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly and Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton - is taking a break from its current UK tour to come to Monaco's Grimaldi Forum for five performances. The current cast are some of the best-known faces from British TV, having appeared in numerous television dramas in recent years.
Based on a true story, Chicago is one of the most successful musicals of all time, with an unbroken fifteen-year run in the West End and simultaneous productions in New York and Spain. In total, it has played in 250 cities worldwide, and now adds Monte Carlo to that list. The secret of its success is a simple plot and gutsy dance numbers - including 'All that Jazz
' and 'Razzle Dazzle
' - that transport the audience right back to the roaring twenties in a hard-driving story of murder and music. Having shot her lover, nightclub singer Roxie Hart teams up with double-murderess Velma Kelly as they fight to save themselves from Death Row with the help of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn.
Developed from an original stage play by Maurine Dallas Watkins - a dramatization of her own coverage of the original 1920s murder cases, which itself enjoyed great success on Broadway - the musical was created by the theatrical talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. The resulting show has won a host of awards, including six Tonys, two Oliviers, a Grammy, and no fewer than six Oscars for the 2002 film version. Its uncompromising, thrusting visuals and soundtrack have won it huge numbers of fans worldwide; no wonder that the Times has called it 'the sharpest, slickest show on the block'!
The Monaco performances take place at 8.30pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with two matinee performances on the Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.