Review: Chicago The Musical, the Regent Theatre, Ipswich, until Saturday

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery - all those things that make for a good night out at the theatre, to paraphrase the start of this international award-winning musical.

The audience were buzzing with excitement, looking forward to some good old roaring 20s razzle, dazzle.

There was an audible rumble of disappointment when it was announced that ex-Hollyoaks, The Bill and Strictly Come Dancing star Ali Bastian wouldn’t be taking the stage as nightclub singer Roxie Hart, who winds up facing death row after shooting her lover.

Unfortunately she’s ill at the moment, but it’s hoped she will be back in the next few days. Get well soon Ali.

Full marks to her understudy Chloe Ames, though, who came out and killed it.

Alongside the excellent Tupele Dorgu as Roxie’s cell block rival, double murderess Velma Kelly; superbly slick Stefan Booth as their smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn and the brilliant Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton this was musical theatre at its best.

Slick and sassy, the singing sizzled, the choreography was on point and the on set band jumping.

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The whole company were great; but a special mention must also go to Jamie Baughan’s heartstring-tugging performance as Roxie’s wronged husband Amos.

Born out of the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse; you couldn’t help but sing along to such hits as All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle.

Jazz, death and a cell block chockfull of sin it’d be a crime to miss this fantastic show. So come on babe, why don’t you paint the town and all that jazz while you can.

Be sure to read my online interview with Ali Bastian too.