Chicago’s fanjazztic musical dazzles in MK

Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, John Partridge as Billy Flynn and Sam Bailey as Mama Morton. Picture: Dewynters
Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, John Partridge as Billy Flynn and Sam Bailey as Mama Morton. Picture: Dewynters

Crowds were razzle dazzled by fanjazztic performances at MK Theatre last night as Chicago the musical tangoed its way onto the stage.

This international award-winning musical was written by a junior reporter in 1924 when Chicago was run by gangsters - and the city thrived on bootlegging, gambling and gun crime.

With Cook County jail holding more than a dozen women on murderous row, the story welcomes chorus girl Roxie Hart who has bumped off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with.

Coronation Street’s Hayley Tamaddon oozes talent as she transforms her character from a “dumb mechanic’s wife” into a fame-hungry killer.

Her electric performance is fun and flirty - putting her own impressive stamp on a character that has been played by hundreds of actresses over the years.

Her co-star Sophie Carmen-Jones, known for her role in Wicked, plays double-murderess Velma Kelly who is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding them in a compromising position.

She enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton (X Factor’s Sam Bailey) and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn (EastEnders’ John Partridge) who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy.

The two girls go head to head for the spotlight, but soon discover that there is always another pretty murderer just around the corner.

Chicago’s incredibly simple staging let’s the live big brass band and dazzling dancing do the talking.

It makes for a superb night of entertainment that will having you tapping your feet the entire way through.

This must see show runs from March 14-19.

Tickets are on sale now from the box office on: 0844 871 7652 or visit: atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes