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Martin Kemp has been confirmed to take on the role of Billy Flynn in the West End production of Chicago, taking over from Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr from the 2 July 2018.
Kemp will star for a limited season until Saturday 1 September 2018 at London’s Phoenix Theatre. The cast joining him are yet to be announced.
Martin Kemp’s credits include Reggie Kray in The Krays, starring alongside his brother Gary, Steve Owen in Eastenders, and as Sam Phillips in the UK tour of Million Dollar Quartet.
He also remains one quarter of Spandau Ballet, spawning such hits as Gold and True. Kemp has also dabbled in reality TV, appearing as a judge on the BBC’s Let It Shine alongside Gary Barlow and Dannii Minogue.
Chicago tells the story of nightclub singer Roxie Hart, her cell-block rival Velma Kelly and the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn who is tasked with getting them both off a murder charge, and features iconic songs including All That Jazz, We Both Reached for the Gun, Razzle-Dazzle<e/m> and I Just Can’t Do It Alone.
Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, opening at the Adelphi Theatre on the 18 November 1997. The following year the production walked away with the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production.
Chicago continues to be performed on Broadway, recently celebrating its 21st anniversary. It has also been performed in 36 countries worldwide, as well as being adapted into an Academy Award winning film.
Chicago tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.