Razzle Dazzle ‘n All That Jazz...

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MURDER, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery – the very finest ingredients for a sexy and sassy musical set during the Prohibition-era, writes Georgina Butler.

Yes, that’s right, the international award-winning musical Chicago is coming to put on a little ‘Razzle Dazzle’ at Milton Keynes Theatre this week.

A satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, the story is based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s and explores the concept of the infamous celebrity criminal – decades before our media-saturated obsession with all things ‘celeb’.

Nightclub singer Roxie Hart (Strictly semi finalist and Burn The Floor star Ali Bastian) shoots her lover after a spat and – along with her Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly (Corrie’s Tupele Dorgu) – fights to avoid death row with the help of smooth-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn (Stefan Booth of Eastenders and The Bill fame).

Can Billy make a celebrity of his latest client to win sympathy and sway public opinion?

Touring aficionado Bernie Nolan (The Nolans, Calendar Girls, Flashdance, Blood Brothers) stars as the corrupt Mamma Morton (‘When You’re Good to Mamma’) who presides over prisoners in Cook County Jail and believes all favours she gives should be reciprocated.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago delivers a universal tale of fame and fortune, one show-stopping song after another and the most incredible dancing.

With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is ‘The sharpest, slickest show on the block’, just as The Times said.

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it really would be a crime to miss all that jazz!

Chicago runs Monday through to Saturday and tickets are £12 – £33.50.

Book on 0844 871 7652.