By: Dan Bacalzo · Jan 5, 2009 · London
Jimmy Osmond and Emma Barton will star as "Billy Flynn" and "Roxie Hart" respectively in the UK national tour of the Kander & Ebb musical, Chicago, from March 9-June 13. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Chicago features a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, including such hits as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," "Razzle Dazzle," and "Nowadays." The production is directed by Walter Bobbie with choreography by Ann Reinking. The production features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington, and sound by Rick Clarke. Musical supervision is by Rob Fisher.
Osmond is best remembered for his 1972 hit, "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool," which was released when he was just nine years old. He sang for many years with his siblings, who include Donny and Marie Osmond. As previously announced, he will be making his West End stage debut in Grease beginning January 19. Barton is best known for her role as 'Honey Mitchell' in BBC1's EastEnders. Previous stage credits include The Secret Garden, Victor/Victoria, and Grease.
Tour stops will include Bradford Alhambra, Princess Theatre Torquay, Sunderland Empire, Liverpool Empire, York Grand Opera House, New Theatre Oxford, Regent Theatre Stoke-on-Trent, Leicester De Montford Hall, Edinburgh Playhouse, Kings Theatre Southsea, and Birmingham Hippodrome.
For more information, visit www.chicagothemusical.com/