Until 31st Dec: Chicago at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

by Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63

Chicago at New Alexandra Theatre

Last night the New Alexandra Theatre began its three week run of Chicago which is showing until December 31st. What a breathtaking production this is!

The story revolves around two women on death row, Roxie Hart (Hayley Tamaddon) and Velma Kelly (Sophie Carmen-Jones) who are represented by lawyer Billy Flynn (John Partridge) who makes his murderous clients into celebrities to save them from execution.

John Partridge & Hayley Tamaddon

Last night really did blow me away! It is an awesome show at the best of times but last night’s performance was in a league of its own. A host of great show tunes from All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle. Stunning choreography and the most basic of sets which enhances the dancing as there is nothing to distract from the fantastic footwork of the incredibly skilled dancers.

The singing voices are phenomenal, big and bold this is the perfect cast. My companion for the evening said “I don’t know where to look” as some of the dance routines are huge and the costumes are all super sexy, with a predominantly black theme to the majority of the outfits, many of which leave very little to the imagination this is one seriously sexy show.


All the orchestra are on stage throughout, as they are forming the scenery for the set. Their big band sound perfectly compliments the big voices. Mamma Morton (Mica Paris) Velma (Sophie Carmen-Jones) and Roxie (Hayley Tamaddon) all have the most amazing, powerful voices that are made for musical theatre, they sent shivers up my spine and left me with goosebumps.

This show is most certainly all about the ladies, the original Girl Power, but the gents do still get some great songs and the dancing from the guys was absolutely phenomenal with high kicking and spinning that really does draw gasps.

Mica Paris

If you’re stuck for a present for that someone who already has everything then this could be the answer to your gift woes. It really is an amazing show, suitable for all ages.

As well as being treated to this spectacular show last night we were also invited to the aftershow party.

What an amazing night the New Alexandra laid on for us with festive cocktails, tasty canapés and an opportunity to meet some of the cast and to express just how much we had loved the whole event. Yet another top night that I will be remembering for a thousand great reasons.

I really did love everything about Chicago last night, I’ve already announced to my husband that we must try to catch this again before it moves on, Chicago is showing at New Alex right up to 31st December so there is a bit of time to try to fit in a showing at this busy time of year. I just wish I had a bigger vocabulary as I don’t think “this show is awesome” really does it full justice. It is sexy, sparkling, slick, sassy and just perfect. Chicago encapsulates everything that is musical theatre.

Thanks to New Alexandra Theatre for inviting #BrumHour to see Chicago: The Musical! This blog post is Julie’s honestly held view.