Happy New Year everyone!
Hope everyone celebrating seeing off 2013 in style.
I think I certainly did my attending the New Years Eve matinee performance of Chicago at Curve Theatre in Leicester. Directed by Curve's own Paul Kerryson it was a spectacular show. Anyone that has seen the West End touring version like myself (I saw it back in 2007 at Milton Keynes Theatre) can expect a completely different approach. Think extremely camp performers and minimalist set!
Chicago is one of my favourite musicals (closely followed by The Lion King & Phantom of the Opera) and this version certainly did not disappoint. The set design was very minimalist but that is usually the way it is with the shows produced at Curve. The costumes were very well designed and suited this uber camped up show to a tee! You cannot find any words to fault the dancers, all in sync and amazingly flexible, which is what you like to see in a show like Chicago.
My highlights of the show were Sandra Marvin stealing the stage as Mama Morton, especially with a spectacular finishing note to When You're Good To Mama, still now it is one of the things that stands out from the production; Gemma Sutton dazzled as Roxie Hart and her rendition of Funny Honey was brilliant, also Mama Morton and Velma Kelly (performed by Verity Rushworth) singing Class with beautifully in sync voices. Anyway I am basically saying you should go see Chicago at Curve! It's running until the 18th January and definitely worth a watch!
Curve is a fantastic theatre, that has had many amazing casts and shows come through it's doors! The highlight of the coming year is certain to be Hairspray directed again by Paul Kerryson. So if you haven't booked tickets to see that you definitely should!
Thanks for reading!