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Killer Chicago SA cast returns from world tour to razzle-dazzle SA again!

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’ and ‘Cell Block Tango’.

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Carmen Pretorius in Chicago The Musical PHOTO David Watson

The multi-talented all-South African touring company began rehearsals in Johannesburg in August 2018 ahead of an international year-long tour that began in New Zealand. First stop was Auckland, followed by Wellington where audiences were dazzled and critics raved. ‘Corruption, greed and murder come to the capital courtesy of world-class Chicago,’ says StuffNZ, while Diversions summed up the show: ‘A killer chorus, exceptional choreography, razzle, dazzle and all that jazz’ – just two of many glowing reviews. In October, the show moved to China, playing in ten cities to enthusiastic applause.
     The company returned home in January, ahead of the South African leg of the tour in association with BBC First. Chicago is at Artscape, Cape Town from 15 March until 14 April, thereafter opening at Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg from 20 April to 26 May 2019. After the South African season, the SA International company will be touring Europe. Long may the standing ovations continue across continents as these musical ambassadors continue to proudly fly the South African flag high.
     From the opening line to curtain close, there’s nothing like Chicago on stage. Originally staged in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2005 and again, owing to popular demand, in 2008 at Montecasino’s Teatro and at Artscape, this show has been enjoyed by more than 210 000 SA theatre-goers. Reviewers and critics alike raved about the show. ‘This musical is Hot with a capital H. It’s so sexy that it sets temperatures soaring – even on a chilly night!’ said The Citizen, while The Tonight called the show ‘A class act all the way… Chicago is impeccable, irresistible, unmissable.’
     After eleven years, this sensual, seductive smash hit musical returns to these venues, bringing back one of this country’s most successful theatre productions. And, back for the show are leads Samantha Peo, now in the role of Velma Kelly, and Ilse Klink plays Matron Mama Morton for the third South African season. Craig Urbani reprises the role of the devious lawyer, Billy Flynn. Also returning to the show is KJ Haupt as Mary Sunshine, with Carmen Pretorius and Grant Towers joining the company in the principal roles of husband and wife, Roxie Hart and Amos Hart. Ensemble members from Chicago’s 2005 and 2008 seasons, also returning to the show are husband and wife, Ferdi Gernandt and Diani Gernandt, and Tandi Gavin. The remainder of the Chicago ensemble features this country’s finest home-grown talent.

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Samantha Peo in Chicago The Musical PHOTO David Watson

     Chicago is produced by Showtime Management in association with Barry & Fran Weissler and David Ian. Award-winning Musical Supervisor Bryan Schimmel leads the eleven-piece live orchestra and the sexy, stylish ensemble will once again razzle-dazzle South African audiences. This great musical is simply Broadway at its best.
     Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one GRAMMY, two BAFTAs and six Academy Awards, it’s no surprise that this devilishly delicious musical has brought cheering audiences to their feet all around the world. Translated into eleven different languages, an estimated 31 million people in 36 countries have seen Chicago, which has played over 32 500 performances worldwide.
     Chicago was first created by the legendary Broadway trio of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (book/lyrics) and Bob Fosse (co-author, original director and choreographer) in 1975, and was based on a 1926 Broadway play written by Chicago-based journalist, Maurine Dallas Watkins.
     In November 1996, a revival of Chicago opened on Broadway produced by Barry & Fran Weissler, and a year later they opened the show in London’s West End. Chicago is currently playing its 22nd year in New York where it holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the second longest-running musical in Broadway history. In the West End, Chicago ran for 15 years where it also became the longest-running musical revival as well as the longest-running Broadway musical to play there.
     Chicago continues to be one of the most successful international musical hits of all time. Book now for Chicago at Computicket, the official ticketing partner for Chicago The Musical, and tickets should not be purchased from any other supplier/outlets. It would be criminal to miss it!

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