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Cuba Gooding Jr joins cast of Chicago

The Oscar-winning actor will make his West End debut as Billy Flynn at the Phoenix Theatre from March.

It has been announced that Cuba Gooding Jr will lead the cast of Chicago when it returns to the West End as part of its 21st anniversary celebrations this spring.

Since it opened in New York in 1996, Chicago has played in 36 countries worldwide, and been performed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, French, Danish, Japanese and Korean. It has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide and has played over 30,000 performances to a collective audience of an estimated 31 million people around the world.

In the West End’s new production, Gooding will play the role of lawyer Billy Flynn – tasked with getting murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart acquitted in 1920s America.

The classic musical – which became an Oscar-winning film itself in 2002 – tells the story of jailbirds Roxie and Velma as they vie for fame and fortune behind bars, fuelled by swinging jazz numbers and vaudeville showmanship.

Gooding will play the iconic role of Billy Flynn, Chicago’s most-wanted attorney, who uses glamour and showbusiness as part of his defence strategy.

Check out the video trailer below:

Classic songs from the show include All That Jazz, When You’re Good To Mama and Cell Block Tango, but, as Billy, Gooding will sink his teeth into iconic numbers including Razzle Dazzle and We Both Reached For The Gun.

The new role marks the West End debut for Gooding, who was recently seen on-screen in the award-winning TV drama The People Vs. O.J. Simpson. He previously won an Oscar for his role in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire alongside Tom Cruise.

Chicago returns to the West End from 26 March 2018 at the Phoenix Theatre. Further casting to be announced soon.

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