Producers have announced that Australian superstar Jason Donovan will be playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago this December in Melbourne. He joins Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Alinta Chidzey, Casey Donovan and all the previously announced cast.
“I am very excited about coming home to Melbourne this December to play Billy Flynn in a brand new production of Chicago. It’s a role I’ve always wanted to play since watching my father do such a great job with it back in the early 80s. Quite simply, I’m a massive fan. The music, the story, the choreography, the energy of the piece…just awesome. Possibly one of the greatest musicals of all time. Bring on the Razzle Dazzle at Arts Centre Melbourne this summer!”, said Jason Donovan.
“We are so privileged to have Jason Donovan join the cast in his hometown of Melbourne to be part of the legendary Broadway institution that is CHICAGO. Jason has truly shown he is a force on stage with his internationally successful music, TV, acting and stage career and we are so thrilled we get to bring him home to star in his very first musical on an Australian stage. He will join a stellar Australian cast who are all sure to bring All That Jazz and more to Melbourne’s Summer Musical.”, said the producers.
Jason Donovan first came to fame in 1986 when he first appeared on Neighbours starring opposite Kylie Minogue. This helped launch their pop music careers here and in Europe. His musical theatre debut was in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the West End in 1991 which also earned him an Olivier Award nomination. He has since starred in many West End musical theatre productions including Priscilla Queen of The Desert, The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Annie Get Your Gun and The Sound of Music to name a few. Jason is currently starring on the West End as the Pharaoh in the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Chicago opens in Sydney in August before heading to Brisbane in November and Melbourne in December. More details are tickets are available at: Chicagothemusical.com.au