Casting Complete for London Revival of Chicago, Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ruthie Henshall

London News   Casting Complete for London Revival of Chicago, Starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ruthie Henshall
 
The Kander and Ebb musical returns to the West End March 26.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.

Casting is now set for the upcoming London revival of Chicago, which begins performances March 26 at the Phoenix Theatre prior to an official opening April 11.

Paul Rider
Paul Rider

Joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle, and Ruthie Henshall will be Paul Rider as Amos Hart.

Rider previously played Amos in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre and Cambridge Theatre. His recent theatre work includes A Woman of No Importance, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V, and Wilbur in the U.K. tour of Hairspray.

The ensemble will comprise Alan Richardson, Michelle Antrobus, Natalie Bennyworth, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Zoe Gappy, Emma Harris, Chelsea Labadini, Joanna Rennie, Abramo Ciullo, Francis Foreman, Luke Jarvis, Matt Krzan, Charles Ruhrmund, Todd Talbot, Callum Macdonald, Chris Warner Drake, and Matthew Wesley.

Gooding, Jr., as previously announced, will play smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn with Gabrielle as Velma Kelly; Soetaert as Roxie Hart, a role she previously played at the Cambride and Garrick Theatres; and Henshall as Matron "Mama" Morton, becoming the only British actor to have played all three leading female roles in Chicago.

Henshall originated the role of Roxie Hart when Chicago first opened in London’s West End in 1997, later returning to play Velma Kelly. Bebe Neuwirth accomplished a similar feat in the Broadway production of Chicago.

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Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, making it the West End’s longest-running revival. The Broadway production, which recently celebrated its 21st anniversary, continues at the Ambassador Theatre.

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

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