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Paul Rider and more added to Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre

Tuesday, 13th Mar 2018  

Chicago - Phoenix Theatre

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the return of Chicago to the West End, not only because this is an iconic musical that has entertained audiences for decades, but also because of the presence of Cuba Gooding Jr. in the role of lawyer Billy Flynn. Visitors to the West End might have noticed the film-like posters for the upcoming production, with its opening date in mid-April getting ever closer.

So with that in mind it is time to find out the full list of names joining Gooding Jr. in the production. We already heard that Sarah Soetart, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall will be appearing in the production as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and Mama Morton, respectively, but a new press release announces Paul Rider in the role of Amos Hart.

Chicago, of course, is the classic musical that is set in the 1920s, a time in which the ‘celebrity criminal’ was in vogue. Beginning life as a play from Chicago Tribune writer Maurine Dallas Watkins in 1926, it was adapted into this musical in the 1970s, introducing world audiences to the mentioned iconic characters.

Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly are both locked away behind bars, landing themselves in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. However, they wish to be stars and with the help of the sleazy lawyer Billy Flynn they make their bids for freedom.

Paul Rider, as Amos Hart, returns to a role he previously played when Chicago last appeared in the capital. However, he also has a range of other credits in shows around London, including numerous productions at Shakespeare’s Globe. He joins Chicago alongside Alan Richardson, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Chelsea Labadini, Joanna Rennie, Abramo Ciullo, Francis Foreman, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot, Callum Macdonald, Chris Warner Drake and Matthew Wesley.

The Phoenix Theatre was most recently the home of The Exorcist, which opened around Halloween of 2017 before bowing out this month. Chicago is next up for the venue, opening on Wednesday 11th April 2018 (previews from Monday 26th March 2018) and running to Saturday 23rd June 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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