Due to huge demand, new tickets to additional performances are on sale this week for the Perth season of one of Australia’s favourite musicals, CHICAGO. “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” (The Times UK) will begin its Australian tour at Crown Theatre, Perth from 21 November and play until 17 December. No further extension is possible. New performances are on pre-sale today, with GP sales from Wednesday 13 September.
Following the Perth premiere, CHICAGO will travel to the Lyric Theatre QPAC from January 2024, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from March, and the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from June.
A sizzling star-studded cast has been announced for the new Australian tour. One of Australian theatre’s greatest leading men, Anthony Warlow, will step into the shoes of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn. Returning to the stage to play the powerful and glamorous Velma Kelly is one of Australia’s favourite actors, Zoë Ventoura. Joining her as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart is musical theatre star Lucy Maunder, who is currently playing the role of Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins. As Roxie’s gullible and hapless husband, Amos, will be Perth-based comedy icon and character actor Peter Rowsthorn. Following her star turn as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, Asabi Goodman joins the cast as the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
Valeri will feature as the soft-hearted crime reporter Mary Sunshine, while the talented group of ensemble and swings comprises Hayden Baum, Devon Braithwaite, Olivia Carniato, Angelique Cassimatis, Todd Dewberry, Louis Fontaine, Sarah Heath, Scout Hook, Matthew Jenson, Ethan Jones, Savannah Lind, Kristina McNamara, Tom New, Nathan Pinnell, Rania Potaka-Osborne, Priscilla Stavrou and Romina Villafranca.
“We’re ecstatic that Perth has embraced CHICAGO and tickets are flying out the door,” said producer John Frost. “CHICAGO has everything that people love about a Broadway musical – a story of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping number after another, and the most amazing dancing you’ve ever seen.
“We have had an overwhelming reaction to our extraordinary cast too. I’m delighted to bring Anthony Warlow back to perform in Perth after his huge success on Broadway, in what is surely a perfect role for his talents. I’m thrilled that Zoë Ventoura will perform in her hometown in her first Crossroads Live production, and to cast Lucy Maunder as Roxie – she will be wonderful in the role. Peter Rowsthorn will be a sensational Mr Cellophane, and Asabi Goodman astounded us in Hairspray so I know will blow the roof off as Matron Mama Morton. I can’t wait to bring the razzle dazzle of this New York institution to Perth.”