Annie Davies, centre, as Roxie, with ‘her boys’ singing Roxie Hart in Chicago. Photo: Anthony Stewart.

Chicago comes to Theatre Royal


The Theatre Royal will be taken back to roaring twenties this Easter, as a new adaption of the classic musical ‘Chicago’ comes to town.

The Nelson Youth Theatre Company are performing the full-length High School Edition of the musical, which is also a New Zealand premiere.

It opens at 7pm on Easter Friday, 19th, and runs for eight performances (excluding Easter Sunday), closing on Saturday, 27th April.

The story follows Roxie Hart, who murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap – until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie.

Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another ‘merry murderess’ Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream – fame, fortune and acquittal.

Director Richard Carruthers says it’s a show not to be missed.

“Chicago is one of my all-time favourite shows, featuring a big range of strong female roles, great music, truly memorable songs and some wicked dancing.”

It features the hit songs ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Cell Block Tango’, ‘When you’re good to Mama’, ‘We Both Reached for the Gun’, ‘Mister Cellophane’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘Roxie’.

“Our choreographer, Alex Jensen, demands a huge amount from her cast, every song is a spectacle in itself performed with exquisite timing by a talented troupe of performers,” says Richard.

“The simplest of sets and minimal props and costume changes throw everything onto the cast to bring off this deliciously wicked show and they deliver, over and over again”.

Chicago (High School Edition) is on at the Theatre Royal from 19 – 27 April. Tickets are available from TicketDirect or the theatre box office. Note: Rated PG.