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Jonathan Wilkes and Debbie Kurup in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre

Thursday, 5th May 2011  

Two New Cast Members Join the Long-Running West End Musical

Much of the attention in the West End has been recently cast on shows such as “Betty Blue Eyes” and “Shrek The Musical”, among others, as they open their doors for the first time in Theatreland. But this week it is the turn of one of the capital’s most famous ongoing musicals to step into the spotlight – Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre. The show has today announced that two actors will be replacing current stars in the roles of Billy Flynn and Velma Kelly from May 2011 – Jonathan Wilkes and Debbie Kurup.

Jonathan Wilkes is known as an actor, musician and television personality, so his appearance in the show will provide a new familiar face for London theatre audiences arriving at the Cambridge Theatre soon. For television audiences have seen him on “Soccer Aid”, “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” and “You’ve Been Framed”, though his theatre credits include “Guys and Dolls” for the Donmar Warehouse, in addition to UK productions of “Grease”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, “We Will Rock You”, “The Wedding Singer” and “Godspell”. He has also enjoyed a music career that has seen work enter the UK charts.

Meanwhile Debbie Kurup returns to “Chicago” following her previous appearance in the role of Velma Kelly back in 2006 when the show was still running at the Adelphi Theatre. Other stage credits include “Sister Act the Musical” at the London Palladium, “Tonight’s The Night” at the Victoria Palace Theatre, “Rent” at the Prince of Wales Theatre and “West Side Story”, also at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with additional credits on stages around the country.

The pair join returning cast members Sarah Soetaert, James Doherty, Jasna Ivir and R. Whitehead in the production.

“Chicago” is the popular musical set within the city of the same name back in the 1920s, when the celebrity criminal craze was at its height. Base on a play by Maurine Dallas Watkins it follows Roxy Hart, who is thrown in prison for the murder of her husband and meets a fellow performer called Velma Kelly, who murdered her own sister. The pair dream of a life in the spotlight and using their sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn they make their bid for freedom.

Chicago is at the Cambridge Theatre and is currently taking books until Sunday 29th January 2012. Wilkes and Kurup will star in the production from Monday 9th May 2011 to Sunday 26th June 2011.

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