The Ipswich Regent Theatre is full of Razzle Dazzle this week as Chicago comes to town.
Set in the 1920s Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, wife and night club dancer on the hunt for fame. However, her life is about to change when she murders her lover after he tries to walk out on her. On trial for murder, Roxie’s husband Amos hires big shot lawyer Billy Flynn hoping he can save is wife from the noose, but with a rival cell mate, the press and the public all looking for trouble will she be able to transform her crime into a story that will save her neck…?
Well known both on Broadway and the West End this touring production of Chicago is full of action from the start as the curtain rose to an amazing performance of All That Jazz. The famous Fosse choreography performed seamlessly by a very talented ensemble set the tone for what was a great performance.
Faye Brookes makes for the perfect Roxie and her portrayal of the character was spot on. Strong vocals, brilliant acting and perfect dance, she really is a triple threat!
Michelle Andrews took the part of Velma for this performance, and you couldn’t fault her. Fabulous on-stage presence, again coupled with amazing vocals and great on-stage chemistry.
There’s no mistaking Russell Watson’s voice, he is regarded as one of the greatest classical singers. Taking on the role as Billy Flynn, Russell can act and dance too. Having only recently taken on the part, it was lovely to see him completely immerse himself in the character, and particularly his numbers with Roxie, which really were fantastic.
Another change from the normal cast for this show was Delyica Belgrave taking on the role as Mamma Morton. She was fantastic and I’m sure that those who were hoping to see Shelia Ferguson as this character would not have been disappointed by the cast change. We certainly weren’t.
Chicago is full on action throughout and full of sass! This run at the Regent is almost a sell out and it was lovely to see the theatre full again after the last couple of years.
The show that we watched was BSL signed and I must make a special mention to the interpreter, she was fab, dressed the part and full of sass, just perfect for Chicago. Well done Ipswich Regent for making your shows accessible.
Chicago will be at the Ipswich Regent until Saturday 26th March. To book tickets visit the online Box Office at www.Ipswichtheatres.co.uk
Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine