The award-winning Broadway and West End musical Chicago is coming back to South Africa 2019, with an all-star cast! Read Karen Rutter’s review.

Chicago: South Africa 2019

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin are just a part of the razzle dazzle of the world’s sexiest musical, with show-stopping songs including All that Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Mister Cellophane. The show will open in Cape Town in March 2019 before heading to Jo’burg for an April/May run.

Originally staged in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2005 and again, owing to popular demand, in 2008 at Montecasino’s Teatro and Artscape, this show has been enjoyed by more than 210,000 theatre-goers. And after eleven years, this sensual, seductive smash hit musical returns to these venues bringing back one of this country’s most successful theatre productions.

Chicago: South Africa 2019 cast

Back for the show are leads Samantha Peo (Cabaret, West Side Story, Strictly Come Dancing) and Ilse Klink (Mamma Mia!, Show Boat, Isidingo), as well as Craig Urbani (Sound of Music, Rock of Ages, Scandal) who reprises the role of the devious lawyer, Billy Flynn. Also returning to the show is KJ Haupt (Rocky Horror, Carmen, Phantom of the Opera) with Carmen Pretorius (Sound of Music, Jersey Boys, Lien se Lankstaanskoene) and Grant Towers (Funny Girl, Sound of Music, Avenue Q) joining the company in principal roles.

Ensemble members from Chicago’s 2005 and 2008 seasons, also returning to the show are husband and wife, Ferdi Gernandt and Diani Gernandt and Tandi Gavin as the Hungarian murderess, Hunyak.  The remainder of the Chicago ensemble features Lesego van Niekerk, Raquel Munn, Natasha van der Merwe, Brittané van Loggerenberg, Jenna Child, Alexandra Girard, Jarryd Nurden, Michael Fullard, Hugo Madeleyn, Craig Arnolds, Thamsanqa Njoko, Sibusiso Mxosana, Darren Greef and Stephan van der Walt.

Produced by Showtime Management in association with Barry and Fran Weissler and David Ian, Chicago has a combined South African and international creative team, with award-winning Musical Director, Bryan Schimmel (Jersey Boys, Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert)  leading the 11-piece orchestra.

A multi-talented all-South African touring cast, band and crew begin rehearsals in Johannesburg this month, and will start the season off with an international tour to New Zealand and China.  The South African leg of the tour then begins in March next year.

A Broadway smash hit

Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards, Chicago is the longest-running musical revival in Broadway history. It was first created by the legendary Broadway trio of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (book/lyrics) and Bob Fosse (co-author, original director and choreographer) in 1975, and was based on a 1926 Broadway play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a journalist from the Chicago Tribune who had covered the sensational trials of two women, both of whom were accused of killing their lovers whilst under the influence of drink and jazz.

What: Chicago South Africa 2019

Where and when: Artscape, Cape Town from 15 March to 14 April 2019 / Teatro, Montecasino, Johannesburg from 20 April to 26 May 2019

Chicago tickets: Computicket