Razzle Dazzle 'Em: London Chicago Celebrates First Decade Dec. 5

News   Razzle Dazzle 'Em: London Chicago Celebrates First Decade Dec. 5 The London production of Chicago celebrates a "decade of decadence in the West End" with a special gala performance at the Cambridge Theatre Dec. 5.
Ute Lemper in the original London cast of Chicago.
Ute Lemper in the original London cast of Chicago. Photo by Catherine Ashmore

The evening, which benefits the Breast Cancer Haven and the Breast Health Institute, will begin at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a black-tie reception at the nightclub Sound in Leicester Square.

Original London cast members Ute Lemper, Ruthie Henshall and Henry Goodman will be part of the special performance; they will be joined onstage by a slew of actors who have performed in the acclaimed revival over the past ten years.

Those scheduled to entertain include former Roxie Harts Anita-Louise Combe, Jennifer Ellison, Josefina Gabrielle, Jill Halfpenny, Linzi Hateley, Bonnie Langford, Aoife Mulholland, Frances Ruffelle, Claire Sweeney and Denise Van Outen; former Velma Kellys Anna Jane Casey, Pia Douwes, Annette McLaughlin, Caroline O'Connor, Amra-Faye Wright and Leigh Zimmerman; former Billy Flynns Darius Danesh, Tony Hadley, Duncan James, Ian Kelsey and Terence Maynard; former Amos Harts Paul Baker, Paul Rider and Paul Leonard; and former Mama Mortons Brenda Edwards, Sue Kelvin, Kelly Osbourne and Gaby Roslin.

The West End production of Chicago opened at the Adelphi Theatre Nov. 18, 1997. It transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006. The London Chicago won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for Best Musical.

Chicago, which is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb with a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The production was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse; Walter Bobbie directed. In fact, the West End production was staged by the entire creative team of the Tony-winning Broadway revival, which continues to play New York's Ambassador Theatre. Chicago is produced in London by Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler.

For details of sponsorship packages and ticket prices for the gala performance, contact Linda Marley at lm@breastcancerhaven.org.uk or call 020 7384 0049. For individual tickets visit www.chicagothemusical.co.uk.

For more information about the charity causes, visit www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk or www.breasthealthinsititute.org.

Ruthie Henshall and the ensemble of the original London production of <i>Chicago</i>.
Ruthie Henshall and the ensemble of the original London production of Chicago. Photo by Catherine Ashmore