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Chicago

Wales Millennium Centre , Wales Millennium Centre , January-20-10
Chicago by Wales Millennium Centre This production of the Kander and Ebb’s musical tale of booze, jazz, corruption and MURDER oozes sexiness and style, with music and dance to die for.

Yes, Chicago has done the rounds and the film version was a huge hit. What keeps it fresh are the new gals in the two leading roles, Velma and Roxie and then new faces in the cameo roles of the Mama Morton, the larger than life jailhouse matron and Billy Flynn, the dodgy lawyer.

Billy Flynn needs a strong character to carry off the role. Although Marti Pellow is perfect for the smarmy lawyer, his voice was ironically not big enough. Turn the volume up guys.

Similarly, the Mama Morton from Wendy Lee Purdy lacked the true nastiness and seemed unconvinced that if I scratched her back, she would indeed scratch mine. This time the voice is there but the sassiness in lacking,

But no problems with Twinnie-Lee Moore as Velma and a fabulous Roxie Hart from Emma Barton who, I am told, has been in EastEnders. They can sing, they can dance, they look sensational.

Lots of eye candy of both genders but perhaps the guys are a little too over muscled and lacking the elegant sophistication of the period. But phew, this is a hot night out.

Reviewed by: Mike Smith

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