The upcoming production of Chicago is sure going to sizzle with this amazing cast.
Announced today, ahead of their opening at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney in August, the cast will be lead by Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as the tough prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
“We are so thrilled to have this incredible Australian cast join us in bringing this New York institution back to Australia. Chicago has everything that people love about Broadway, a story of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping number after another and the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen as well as the most sizzling score” said producer John Frost.
Bassingthwaighte has a multifaceted career as an actor, musician and TV presenter. A multiple Logie Award nominee, she is known for her role on Neighbours, as the host of So You Think You Can Dance and a judge on The X Factor in both Australia and New Zealand. As the front woman for Australian pop dance group The Rogue Traders she went on to dominate the pop music charts before she also released her solo album which debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA charts. She turns full circle returning to the stage after commencing her career in musical theatre productions such as Rent, Grease and Footloose.
Alinta Chidzey, playing Velma Kelly, is also known for her versatile career. Her TV credits include Wentworth, Neighbours and Winners and Losers. She has released an album as a Jazz vocalist and songwriter. Chidzey has also cemented herself as one of Australia’s leading ladies of the musical theatre. Appearing as Anita in West Side Story, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Kathy Selden in Singin’ In the Rain, Magnolia in Show Boat and joined Hugh Jackman on stage in his Broadway to Oz tour.
Playing Matron ‘Mama’ Morton is powerhouse vocalist Casey Donovan. She is best known to Australian audiences after winning Australian Idol as a 16 year old in 2004. Since then Casey has flourished into one of the country’s most in demand performers. She continues to release music after her ARIA Number 1 debut album and tours extensively playing live around Australia. She won the title on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2017 whilst also nurturing a blossoming stage career which has seen her cast in musical theatre productions including The Flower Children, The Sapphires, Rent and We Will Rock You.
Starring alongside this star studded cast is musical theatre stalwart Rodney Dobson playing Roxie’s charming and vulnerable husband Amos Hart and J. Furtado as gossip hound Mary Sunshine.
The ensemble includes Amy Berrisford, Andrew Cook, Todd Dewberry, Samantha Dodemaide, Ben Gillespie, Chaska Halliday, Travis Khan, Hayley Martin, Kristina McNamara, Joe Meldrum, Tom New, Jessica Vellucci, Romina Villafranca, Rachael Ward, Zachary Webster and Mitchell Woodcock.
Further cast will be announced soon.
Tickets are on sale from tomorrow. More details are tickets are available at: Chicagothemusical.com.au