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Todrick Hall is joining the cast of Chicago

The RuPaul's Drag Race star will take on the role of Billy Flynn.

You’ll see some big changes in the cast of the hit musical Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre this month. It’s recently been announced that Todrick Hall, who’s known for his appearances as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, will play smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn from 19 November 2018.

Hall began attracting attention shortly after joining YouTube when he posted his first video, a performance of It’s Hard to Say Goodbye, in 2008. Today he has over 2.9 million subscribers watching his original songs, music videos, collaborations, choreographed flash mobs and other fun updates.

His rise to fame was also sped up in 2010 thanks to American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals.

Todrick Hall in Chicago

Hall isn’t new to theatre. He’s appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago and as Lola in Kinky Boots.

In the West End, he’ll be joining Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart and Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly.

Alexandra Burke is playing the role of Roxie Hart until 10 November and Duncan James has the role of Billy Flynn until 17 November. Mazz Murray and Paul Rider will continue as Mama Morton and Amos Hart.

With Chicago running in London until 5 January 2019, here’s what you need to know about the show.

What is Chicago about?

Chicago was inspired by a Maureen Dallas Watkins’ play of the same name written in 1926. Later adapted into a stage musical, it premiered in 1975 and was directed by legendary choreographer Bob Fosse.

Having wowed audiences all around the world, Chicago has been honoured with six Tonys, two Oliviers and a Grammy. Earlier this year, it celebrated its 21st anniversary as the longest running musical on Broadway.

Chicago tells the thrilling tale of 1920’s nightclub performers turned murderesses. Dancing for their lives in order to stay off Death Row, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly enlist the help of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn to help them clear their names.

What can audiences expect from Chicago?

Chicago is packed with everything that makes a musical great. Topping the list is the sizzling score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. You’ll hear one showstopping song after another – including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, When You’re Good to Mama, Hot Honey Rag and Razzle Dazzle, among many more.

Plus, the intricate choreography is sure to grab your attention and keep you energised throughout the show. Just take a look at the production shots and you’ll get an idea of how captivating it is!

(Note that these shots may include cast members no longer appearing in the show.)

Who stars in Chicago?

Alexandra Burke plays the role of Roxie Hart until 10 November and Duncan James plays the role of Billy Flynn until 17 November, with Sarah Soetaert taking over as Roxie Hart  and Todrick Hall as Billy Flynn. Josefina Gabrielle currently stars as Velma Kelly alongside Mazz Murray (Mama Morton) and Paul Rider (Amos Hart).

What are the critics saying?

“A real pleasure to have the old razzle-dazzle back in town” ★★★★ – Evening Standard

“Sexy, cool, sophisticated” ★★★★ – The Times

“The sexiest musical ever” ★★★★ – Metro

What else do I need to know?

Chicago is open at London’s Phoenix Theatre, booking until 5 January 2019.

Tickets for Chicago are available now through

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