London Lookout: Chicago will Shutter in West End After 15 Year Run

All that Jazz doesn’t seem to be all that anymore. Luner on Theatre may not have a corespondent in London anymore but we are still working our hardest to bring you the theatre news from the West End we believe you should know! London Theatre is our new horizon that we’re working to bring you! Today, we touch upon a sadder note in the West End as it has been announced that the record breaking production of Chicago will shutter after 15 years in the West End.

Chicago the Musical, now in its 15th year in the West End, is a musical that features a book, music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The american pair is famous not only for Chicago but other notable musicals such as The Scottsboro Boys, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwomen and Steel Pier. The musical brings to life a story of fame and fortune through show stopping number after show stopping number. The musical has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. Chicago the Musical on Broadway is currently running in it’s 16th year.

Chicago the Musical returned to the West End in 1997 when it was revived and began its run at The Adelphi Theatre. Like the Broadway revival only a year before it, the production was directed by Walter Bobbie and designed by John Lee Beatty featuring choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse. The musical ran at The Adelphi Theatre for nine years before it transferred to The Cambridge Theatre in April 2006. The production played there until August 2011 when it shut down again and this time made its way to The Garrick Theatre where it will close on September 1, 2012.

Like the Broadway production, the West End production of Chicago the Musical has been stomping grounds for some very famous faces playing roles in the production before. These would include but are not limited to Marti Pellow, Jerry Springer, John Barrowman, Kelly Osbourne and America Ferrera just to mention a few.

I do feel like London theatre goers are sad to see this piece go. It also seems like much surprise that the plug has been pulled in this spectacular show. Lead producer Barry Weissler was quoted as saying;

“We may be taking our parting shots for now, but the Razzle Dazzle will never fade”

As well as composer John Kander saying;

“The fact that the London audience has embraced our show for 15 years fills me with gratitude and pride.”

While Chicago the Musical may be closing in the West End, it will continue to play in various locations around the world in both permanent houses as well as touring companies. Be sure to check out this spectacular production currently playing around the world. To check out the show here on Broadway, just make your way to New York City to The Ambassador Theatre. For more information, check out Chicago the Musical’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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