REVIEW: Chicago The Musical is an explosion of sex, murder and music

Sheila Ferguson as 'Mama Morton'. Photo by Matt Crockett
Sheila Ferguson as 'Mama Morton'. Photo by Matt Crockett

CHICAGO the musical sizzled with glamour and sauciness of the 1920s Chicago jazz era.

After a good stint of not seeing a live performance, being confronted with this energy explosion of sex, murder and music was a captivating experience.

Velma, played by Djalenga Scott, enters the stage with the mesmerising All That Jazz. She brought vitality and sass to the character along with mind-blowing dancing and acrobatics.

The ensemble, including Essex born Billie Hardy (who trained at San-Marie and Solomon Artistes in Southend) is spellbinding.

Sheila Ferguson, lead singer in The Three Degrees, created a believable and effortlessly powerful Mama Morton.

Chicago originally premiered in 1975 and is based on real-life events. The story centres on the character of nightclub singer Roxie Hart who shoots her lover. She competes for media attention from double-murderess, Velma Kelly. The smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn is ready to help, for a fee.

The role of Billy Flynn was performed by Mr Liam Marcellino gave humour and lightness to the character of Billy Flynn and set the stage on fire with the performance of All I Care About.

Faye Brookes, who is well known for her role as Kate Connor in ITV’s Coronation Street, played a lovable and quick-witted Roxie Hart.

Faye’s rendition of Me and my Baby was powerful and entertaining, she commanded the stage with ease and charm.

The force of nature that is, B E Wong, who played Mary Sunshine electrified the stage with the A Little Bit of Good.

The audience whoops with the delight at the seamlessness of the live orchestra, managed by Stephen Hill.

Jamie Baughan’s portrayal of Amos Hart was endearing and accomplished.

Djalenga shows inexhaustible energy in When Velma Takes to The Stand. The highest of high kicks and seamless cartwheels, all presented with aplomb.

Mister Cellophane brought a heartfelt and emotive element to the show which complemented the fast-paced elements.

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