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Smash-Hit Musical 'Chicago' Is Bringing its 20s Razzle-Dazzle to Australia

The famed production hits Aussie stages from August, with a local cast headlined by Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
By Libby Curran
April 02, 2019
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Smash-Hit Musical 'Chicago' Is Bringing its 20s Razzle-Dazzle to Australia

The famed production hits Aussie stages from August, with a local cast headlined by Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
By Libby Curran
April 02, 2019
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Australia is set to receive a healthy dose of 1920s razzle-dazzle, as record-breaking Broadway favourite Chicago shimmies onto stages across the country later this year. An Aussie production of the smash-hit musical will debut at Sydney's Capitol Theatre in August, before heading to Brisbane's QPAC Lyric Theatre in November and wrapping up at Arts Centre Melbourne from December.

The longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history, the original Kander & Ebb musical has reached the eyeballs of over 31 million people worldwide. Inspiring 2002's Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it tells the tale of a Chicago housewife and nightclub dancer who twirls through a whirlwind of murdered lovers, jail-time, fierce rivalries and tabloid sensationalism set in the decadent 1920s.

Taking the stage for Chicago's local run is a cast of well-known Aussie names — catch acclaimed all-rounder Natalie Bassingthwaighte in the lead role of Roxie Hart, musical theatre veteran Alinta Chidzey as her rival Velma Kelly, and ARIA-winning superstar Casey Donovan playing Matron 'Mama' Morton.

Based on a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, the production showcases music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and choreography by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking.

Hot on its black patent heels are two more award-winning musicals heading Down UnderSaturday Night Fever will head to Capital Theatre in Sydney this August, before Waitress hits Aussie shores in 2020.

Chicago premieres at Sydney's Capitol Theatre in August 2019, before heading to Brisbane's QPAC Lyric Theatre in November and the Arts Centre Melbourne in December. You can score tickets for the Sydney show or sign up for the Melbourne and Brisbane waitlists over at the website.

Images: Paul Kolnik, Peter Brew Bevan, Jeremy Daniel

Published on April 02, 2019 by Libby Curran

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