Neil McCaul, who plays Patrick Russell on "Crossroads," is the next soap star to tackle the West End. McCaul is joining the cast of Chicago, replacing Michael Simkins in the role of Billy Flynn, the sleazy lawyer, from Nov. 26 until March 16.
He will be joined onstage by soap star Claire Sweeney, best known for her role in "Brookside" and the more recent "Celebrity Big Brother." Sweeney will be taking over the role of Roxie Hart, currently played by Denise Van Outen who received rave reviews.
Other members of the current cast include blonde bombshell Leigh Zimmerman (Velma Kelly) and Alison Moyet (Mama Morton) of the 80's pop group Yazoo.
Chicago tells the story of Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, a vaudevillian and a chorus girl who commit murders. Aided by their media manipulating lawyer, Flynn, the murderesses connive a route from Death Row to Easy Street in 1920s Chicago.