REVIEW: Chicago the Musical dazzles at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Sexy, scandalous and seductive. Those are the three all-around words that reflect what Chicago The Musical has to offer. 

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The show is currently making its way around the UK, stopping for a week at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, where it’s painting the town red… and all that jazz. 

Set in the roaring 20s, Roxie Hart finds herself locked up in a women’s prison where the most vicious murder crimes are glamourised after she shoots and kills her secret lover.

With a loophole in the criminal justice system, a top lawyer and a fake storyline that helps her escape the death penalty, Roxie plays the victim card and becomes the talk of the town.

Darren Day as Billy Flynn in Chicago the Musical UK tour ©Tristram Kenton

Chicago is a deliciously dark and seductive musical that has been delighting audiences for decades. Set in the 20s, Chicago’s effortless glamour teamed with a devilish storyline is comparable to Cabaret. 

It leaves you feeling just that little bit hot under the collar, effortlessly blending that 1920s chic with seduction, creating the perfect balance of a captivating atmosphere and a pinch of dark comedy for good measure. 

An evening off for Faye Brookes saw understudy Billie Hardy step into the heals of Roxie Hart, delivering an absolutely stellar performance, especially alongside Djalenga Scott (as Velma Kelly). Scott’s opening number of All That Jazz won huge cheers from the audience, who were clearly very glad to be taking their seats back in the theatre.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Divina De Campo absolutely shone as Mary Sunshine with a singing voice that took everyone by surprise for all the right reasons, while Joel Montague brought plenty of character to the stage in his noteworthy performance as Amos Hart. 

Djalenga Scott as Velma Kelly and company in Chicago The Musical. ©Tristram Kenton

West End star Darren Day and Sinitta Malone completed the leading cast as charming lawyer Billy Flynn and the powerful Mama Morton, adding an extra touch of glamour to the show. 

Top it off with an exceptional supporting cast delivering show-stoppingly slick dance routines and a stellar band that bring the show’s iconic tracks to life, and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for a standout performance. 

Chicago the Musical runs at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre until Saturday, October 30, 2021. Click here to book your tickets and get ready for some razzle-dazzle. 

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