David Bedella Is Billy Flynn in West End's Chicago; Robin Cousins Will Begin in July

News   David Bedella Is Billy Flynn in West End's Chicago; Robin Cousins Will Begin in July
David Bedella has returned to the London company of Chicago, now playing at the West End's Garrick Theatre, to reprise his performance as Billy Flynn through May 12, and former ice-skating champion (and Olympic Gold Medalist) Robin Cousins will follow him into the role for a reason from July 17 to Sept. 8.

The company also currently includes Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart, Rachel McDowall as Velma Kelly, James Doherty as Amos Hart, Jasna Ivir as Mama Morton and R. Whitehead as Mary Sunshine. Bedella, who won the 2004 Olivier Award for creating the role of Warm-up Man/Satan in Jerry Springer – the Opera at the National and then the West End's Cambridge Theatre, has previously also starred in London productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the UK premiere of Sondheim's Road Show, as well as playing Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show on tour and in the West End. He also appeared opposite Josh Groban and Idina Menzel in Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008. Most recently, David played the lead role of Wilson Mizner in Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Cousins joins the show from July 17, 10 days ahead of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and will stay with it through Sept. 8, the day before the final day of the Paralympics. He won Gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, NY, also picking up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year the same year. This was followed by a successful career as a professional skater, before becoming a full-time choreographer. His break into musical theatre came in 1990 when he starred as the Prince in Cinderella on Ice, opposite Adolph Green and Phyllis Newman at The Muny in St Louis. UK stage roles include Munkustrap in Cats, Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and Teen Angel in Grease. He has been head judge on ITV's "Dancing on Ice" for the past six years. At the same time as starring in Chicago, he will also be mentoring the British Synchronised Swimming Team at this year's Olympics. In a press statement, he has commented, "Joining the cast of Chicago as Billy Flynn will be an amazing experience and is a dream role for many actors. Doing the show at a time when the world's best athletes are here for the greatest sporting event on earth will make it even more thrilling."

To book tickets, which are currently on sale through Jan. 26, 2013, contact the box office on 0844 482 9673, or visit www.chicagothemusical.co.uk.

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