The international award-winning musical Chicago opens a national tour at the New Theatre Oxford on Friday 12th February 2016 starring Eastenders and West End leading man John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Coronation Street and Emmerdale favourite Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart and X Factor winner Sam Bailey as Mama Morton. Full casting is to be announced soon.
John Partridge is probably best known for playing the role of Christian Clarke in EastEnders. His many musical theatre credits include Rum Tum Tugger in Cats in the West End, on tour and the official film of the show, John in Miss Saigon on the first UK national tour and most recently Zach in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. Hayley Tamaddon has just finished playing 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 Sam won the 10th series of The X Factor, receiving more than a million votes over the course of the final weekend. Following her win, her debut single Skyscraper was released and achieved the Christmas number one. This was followed in 2014 with her debut album, The Power of Love, reaching number one in the album charts.
Plot: 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.
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 truly is ‘The sharpest, slickest show on the block’ (The Times).
The 2016 UK national tour of Chicago will be produced by David Ian and Michael Watt in association with the Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler.
Visit www.atgtickets.com/shows/chicago-the-musical for tour dates and to buy tickets.