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Review: Chicago at Her Majesty’s Theatre

Review by Michelle Drinnan 

The Australian production of Chicago is a masterclass of Fosse fulfilment. Breaking back to bare productions we truly appreciate the important features of this show; namely the music and the dance. 

The iconic 1920s musical is a timeless classic that continues to captivate audiences as it has close to 50 years since its premier in New York City in 1975. With Phantom of the Opera closing last year, Chicago is now officially the longest still running musical. In Australia we are privileged to a production with an outstanding tight ensemble, talented leads and musical theatre royalty Anthony Warlow. 

Fans of the movie version will be confused with the traditional stage version using songs in different orders, less dialogue and some additional numbers. Our stage is completely stripped back with limited sets and no fancy ritzy costumes. Instead we rely completely on the talents of our cast. 

Its traditional to mention our leads first, but in this case its truly the ensemble that steal the show. Beyond perfect choreography showcasing Bob Fosse techniques was awe inspiring. The ensemble should be commended on such a beautiful tribute. The dance numbers in Chicago are nothing short of spectacular. From the intricate choreography to the flawless execution by the cast, every dance sequence is a feast for the eyes. The energy and precision displayed on stage are truly mesmerizing.

The leads of Chicago are a powerhouse of talent. Each member brings their own unique flair to their character, creating a dynamic and engaging performance. Asabi Goodman as Mama Morton was perfectly cast with dynamite vocals. Lucy Maunder as Roxie Hart managed to show a comical animation without crossing into pantomime. Her rendition of “Both reached for the gun” was exceptionally excellent. Zoë Ventoura as Velma Kelly was a delight with beautiful vocals and phenomenal movement. Both ladies bringing unique energy and personality to their roles.

Anthony Warlow as Billy Flynn was the audience highlight. Performing “Razzle Dazzle” and “All I care about is love” showed why Mr Warlow has continued to be the at the height of musical theatre for decades with the audience hanging on every note. Peter Rowsthorn played Amos Hart with a sense of clownish comedy showing how Peter cannot help but allow his comedic talent shine through any role. His rendition of “Mr Cellophane” used clowning body language that made a usually sad song sweet and funny. Lastly S Valari as Mary Sunshine offered us gifted vocals and a great character.

This production continues to receive glowing reviews for its exceptional quality and timeless appeal. Don't miss your chance to experience the magic of Chicago on stage!

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