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After 15 Years, CHICAGO Revival Takes West End Bows Today, September 1, 2012


According to the Daily Mail, CHICAGO closes at the West End's Garrick Theatre after a 15-year revival run today, September 1, 2012.

"We've done 15, so I think we've done extremely well," Producer Barry Weissler told the Daily Mail. "Now we'll tip our hats and go off."

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Throughout its run, international big-name stars Christie Brinkley, America Ferrera, Brooke Shields and Sacha Distel have graced CHICAGO's cast, as well as UK natives Maria Friedman, Henry Goodman, Nigel Planer, Denise Van Outen, Linzi Hateley, Kelly Osbourne and Raza Jaffrey. Olympic skating gold medallist Robin Cousins has played Billy Flynn from Tuesday, July 17, through tonight's final performance.

Now one of the most successful Broadway exports ever and the world’s longest running American musical, as well as the West End’s longest running revival, the multi award-winning musical CHICAGO opened at the Garrick Theatre on 7 November 2011.

CHICAGO originally 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'. CHICAGO transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006, where it ran for five years until 27 August 2011.

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. 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. CHICAGO is produced in London by the Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler.

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