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Russell Watson to join cast of Chicago's UK tour from February 2022

CHICAGO. Russell Watson 'Billy Flynn'. Photo Paul Coltas (2000px)

Russell Watson is to join the UK tour of Chicago.

The multi-award-winning UK classical singer and stage star will take on the role of Billy Flynn from 2022.

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He will begin performances from 7 February at the Liverpool Empire, joining Faye Brookes as Roxie Hart and Djalenga Scott as Velma Kelly.

Watson is currently scheduled for dates up to and including New Victoria Theatre, Woking in May.

The cast will also include Ishmail Aaron, Michelle Andrews, Gabby Antrobus, Delycia Belgrave, Joel Benjamin, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Daniel Clift, Callum Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Billie Hardy, Aaron Jenkins, Liam Marcellino, Theo Reece, Hollie Jane Stephens and Harrison Wilde.

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Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.

Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago‚Äôs slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Created by John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, the show’s score features the classic songs Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango, and All That Jazz. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, it’s the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Photo: Paul Coltas

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