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Television and recording star Duncan James will make his stage debut starring as 'Billy Flynn' in the smash hit West End musical "CHICAGO" at the Cambridge Theatre on Monday 2 July for a limited seven-week season, finishing on 18 August.
In 2001 Duncan James united with Blue to form one of the UK and the world's most successful boy bands. By 2005, Blue had enjoyed 40 No. 1 singles worldwide, sold 13 million records and had had three sell-out tours. Blue won two Brit Awards and two MTV Awards. In 2005 Duncan James started to pursue his very successful solo career, having already had a chart-topping hit with "I Believe My Heart". Most recently, he has been one of the stars of "Dancing on Ice", both on television and as part of the sell-out tour.
"CHICAGO" currently stars Josefina Gabrielle as 'Roxie Hart', Amra-Faye Wright as 'Velma Kelly', Maxwell Caulfield as 'Billy Flynn', Matthew Lloyd Davies as 'Amos Hart' and Susie McKenna as 'Mama Morton'.
The London production of "CHICAGO" celebrated its ninth anniversary on 18 November, when it had played 3,743 performances to an audience of over 4 million people. The smash hit West End musical "CHICAGO" transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April last year. The Cambridge Theatre was the London home of "CHICAGO", when the first production of the show opened there on 10 April 1979, running for 603 performances. "CHICAGO" became the longest running production ever to play at the Adelphi Theatre on 17 October 2005, replacing the previous record holder "Me and My Girl", which had run for 3,303 performances.
"CHICAGO" opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 18 November 1997 to rave reviews and immediately became a sell-out hit. "CHICAGO" won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Musical Production' as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for 'Best Musical'. Currently playing in New York, and on tour in America and the UK, with forthcoming productions planned in Korea, Japan and Denmark, "CHICAGO" is produced in London by the Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler.
"CHICAGO", which is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Rick Clarke. Musical supervision is by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Ian Townsend. "CHICAGO" is choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and directed by Walter Bobbie. The West End production of "CHICAGO" is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team.
Tickets for "CHICAGO", priced from £20.00 - £52.50 (£55.00 on Saturday evenings, with a £75 VIP Package option, including interval champagne in a private room and souvenir brochure), are available from the Cambridge Theatre Box Office on 0870 890 1102. Performance times at the Cambridge Theatre are Mondays to Thursdays at 8.00pm, with Friday performances at 4.30pm and 8.00pm and Saturday performances at 3.00pm and 8.00pm. "CHICAGO" is now booking until 27 July 2008. Visit the "CHICAGO" website on www.chicagolondon.co.uk