It’s the perfect marriage: the gold stardust of Martin Kemp, and the razzle-dazzle of America’s most beloved musical, Chicago. And from Monday (2 July), Chicago fans can look forward to it becoming a reality.
So when we were offered the opportunity to head along to a rehearsal at the Phoenix Theatre and speak to the man himself, we shot along faster than a Chicago criminal reporter. Take a look at Martin in rehearsals below.
Martin will be replacing Cuba Gooding Jr and will appear for a strictly limited until 1 September 2018.
His acting credits include Reggie Kray alongside his brother Gary as Ronnie Kray in the film The Krays, Steve Owen in EastEnders, and Sam Phillips in the UK tour of Million Dollar Quartet. He’s also, of course, one-quarter of the band Spandau Ballet. He also appeared as a judge on the BBC’s Let It Shine, alongside Dannii Minogue and Gary Barlow, which eventually cast The Band.
It was announced this week he will be joined from Monday by We Will Rock You star Mazz Murray.
Chicago is based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ 1926 play of the same name. Set in prohibition Chicago, the show tells the story of two rival performers – and murderesses – locked up in the same County Jail, and satirises corruption within the criminal justice system.
Chicago is also participating in Kids Week; throughout August, a child aged 16 or under can go free when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Adults can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price, and there are no booking fees to pay.