Tuesday, May 28

Chicago – New Wimbledon Theatre

New Wimbledon Theatre had it coming as the show razzle dazzled its way onto the stage, with popular musical hits such as Cell Block Tango, Mister Cellophane and many more.

The show is set in 1920’s Chicago and follows the story of Roxie Hart (Faye Brookes) and Velma Kelly (Djalenga Scott) as they battle for a space on the front of the newspaper to gain fame and stardom, after murdering various lovers after not getting their way. Billy Flynn (Russell Watson) takes the case of the two stars.

The set for this production was stripped back, which by no means takes away from the show but frames the stage and band quite literally as they take centre stage while being immersed into the show and given a character of their own. Interacting with the cast led by Andrew Hilton (Musical Director) who had loads of energy and truly got the audience going.

The lighting design was created by Ken Billington, he brought a very minimalistic yet powerful look to the stage throughout the show. During the song Cell Block Tango 6 pendant lights dropped down from above the actresses, so each character ended up standing underneath a light. This was an added effect on top of the individual spotlights and allowed each character to be spaced apart on the stage while each told their separate story.

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Faye Brookes (Roxie Hart) delvers a very strong performance thought the show. Fitting into the role well and bounced off Djalenga Scott (Velma Kelly) perfectly with unbridled confidence and style. Jamie Baughan (Amos Hart) played his part brilliantly as he won the crowd over with his characters good heart and selflessness, his performance of Mister Cellophane received a huge round of applause from the audience.

This production is still the classic that it always has been, however I felt there was an element of the show that was just missing something, its very hard to put a pin in what made me walk away from the show feeling there was something missing. I feel that shows nowadays are ever increasing in the technical elements of a show, it was odd to be taken back to a striped simple and effective show that really is there to deliver the classic songs, with an impressive band and cast with Fosse style used throughout creating a beloved show that draws new and returning theatre goers in.

Overall, the talented cast and familiar songs brought the show together and allowed the audience to experience the popular show that is known and loved by many. Come on down to New Wimbledon Theatre and enjoy the timeless classic show before it’s too late! https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/chicago/new-wimbledon-theatre/

Reviewer Lewis Downham

Reviewed: 17th May 2022

North West End UK Rating: ★★★★