It’s one of the greatest musicals in the world and after 11 years, ‘Chicago’ will be making its way to South African stages with an exciting local cast in 2019. The multi-talented touring cast, band and crew begin rehearsals in Johannesburg this month ahead of an international tour to New Zealand and China. The South African leg of the tour brings the production back to Artscape, Cape Town from 15 March until 14 April 2019, thereafter heading to Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg from 20 April to 26 May 2019.
After eleven years, this sensual, seductive smash hit musical returns to these venues bringing back one of this country’s most successful theatre productions. And, 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 in South Africa while Jonathan Roxmouth (Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Sweeney Todd) plays this role in New Zealand and China. 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 & Fran Weissler and David Ian CHICAGO has a combined South African and international creative team including Associate Director, Tania Nardini and Re-creation of New York Production Choreography by Gary Chryst, both of whom have staged CHICAGO across multiple continents. Award-winning Musical Director, Bryan Schimmel (Jersey Boys, Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will lead the 11-piece orchestra and the sexy, stylish ensemble will once again razzle-dazzle South African audiences. This great musical is simply … Broadway at its best.
“We are delighted to have most of the original company for our return, and I believe the tremendous talents of each and every member in the company will take this all-South African production to even greater heights in 2019.” says Hazel Feldman, CHICAGO’s SA Producer. “From its unique choreography in the style of Bob Fosse to its sizzling score and intriguing plot performed by some of this country’s most talented performers makes it one show not to be missed.”
Tickets for the dazzling extravaganza are now on sale at Computicket.
Artscape Opera House
Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 14 April 2019
Saturday, 20 April to Sunday, 26 May 2019
TICKET PRICES (including VAT)
Midweek: R200, R250, R320, R400
Weekend: R250, R320, R420, R500
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