Enjoy a spot of razzle dazzle

Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton in Chicago
Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton in Chicago

The international award-winning musical Chicago is coming to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, spreading a bit of the old razzle dazzle from August 13-18.

The touring production stars Ali Bastian as Roxie Hart, Stefan Booth as Billy Flynn, Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly and Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton.

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and, along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. With six Tony, two Olivier, one Grammy, two Bafta and six Academy Awards, CHICAGO truly is a great musical, featuring a nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.

Ali Bastian has been a regular fixture on British TV screens for over nine years, having played the long-running roles of Becca in Hollyoaks and Sally Armstrong in The Bill. More recently, Ali took part in the 2009 series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing where she reached the semi-finals. Theatre credits include Helen in the UK Tour of Verdict, Burn the Floor at the Shaftesbury Theatre and the UK Tour of Strictly Live 2010.

Stefan Booth was recently seen playing Tanya’s husband Greg Jessop in EastEnders. He is also well known for playing the regular roles of Sergeant Marc Rollins in The Bill and Jamie Nash in Hollyoaks.

Other TV credits include William And Mary, Doctors and The Silence, as well as reaching the finals of the first series of ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

Tupele Dorgu is best known as Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street, a role she played for six years. Other television credits include The Case, The Accused, Waterloo Road, Casualty and the regular role of Natalie Vance in Merseybeat. Theatre credits include Mamma Mia! in the West End.

Bernie Nolan was the lead singer with The Nolans from 1974 until 1994 and with her sisters has enjoyed phenomenal success both in this country and abroad. On stage, Bernie has toured the UK many times, most recently as Cora in Calendar Girls, Hannah Owens in Flashdance, Robin in Mum’s The Word and Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers. Television credits include Sergeant Sheelagh Murphy in The Bill, Diane Murray in Brookside and most recently the first series of ITV’s Popstar to Opera Star where she was a finalist.

Chicago opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 18 November 1997 to rave reviews, winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for Best Musical, and immediately became a sell-out hit.

Tickets to see Chicago at the Royal Concert Hall cost £13-£35 and are available from the box office on 0115 989 5555.