Lemper & Henshall London Chicago Opens Nov. 18

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Chicago, which won the 1997 Tony Award as Best Revival of a Musical, opens Nov. 18 at the Adelphi Theatre on London's West End.

Chicago, which won the 1997 Tony Award as Best Revival of a Musical, opens Nov. 18 at the Adelphi Theatre on London's West End.

Walter Bobbie, who won a Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway revival, also directed the London production.

The cast includes Ruthie Henshall (London's Crazy for You) as Roxie Hart, the German cabaret singer Ute Lemper as Velma Kelly, and Henry Goodman (who has been quite busy of late -- earlier this year he was Nathan Detroit in the National's Guys & Dolls, and just last month he left the cast of the acclaimed West End production of Art) as Billy Flynn.

Chicago, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, was originally directed and choreographed on Broadway in 1975 by Bob Fosse; Fosse and Ebb co-wrote the show's book, which was based on a notorious Chicago murder trial in the Twenties.

The original Broadway production starred Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, and Jerry Orbach; the revival -- which is still playing to capacity audiences -- starred Bebe Neuwirth, Anne Reinking -- who re-creates the Fosse choreography for the London production as she did for the Broadway revival -- and James Naughton. Neuwith and Naughton won Best Actress and Actor in a Musical Tony Awards for Chicago, and Reinking (who was replaced in the Broadway cast earlier this summer by Marilu Henner) won a Tony for Best Choreographer. For tickets for the London production of Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, call 011-44-1-71-344-0055.

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