REVIEW: Chicago, Sunderland Empire

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FOR a musical that focuses on the most darkest of subject matters, Chicago isn’t half an uplifting show.

As anyone who’s seen the musical and its movie version will know, it’s the story of leggy vixens whose murder most foul brings them X Factor-style celebrity in the Windy City.

What unfolds on stage is theatrical bliss as double-trouble Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart fight for pole position in the court room spotlight.

Former Coronation Street star Tupele Dorgu shines as Velma, the ambitious murderess who rules the roost until nemesis Roxie threatens to steal the show.

Dorgu slinks her way around the stage in a sultry performance that had all the ladies in the audience pining after a pair of pins like hers.

Her rendition of Cell Block Tango with her fellow jailbirds at Cook County Jail, is a real highlight and will have you hanging on every hip flick as they tell of why they murdered their fellas.

At the helm of the jail is Bernie Nolan, who commands the stage as the delightfully-devilish Mama Morton and she really packs a punch with solo When You’re Good to Mama.

Kudos has to go to Stefan Booth also, exceptionally suave as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, who has to battle with the ladies’ egos to bring them court room success.

His debonair ventriloquist scene featuring We Both Reached for the Gun is a real feat.

Click here to read Entertainment’s Editor Katy Wheeler’s interview with Stefan Booth

Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian was ill for last night’s performance, but Chloe Ames more than capably filled her sparkly dance shoes as Roxie Hart.

This show’s intoxicating mix of raunchy moves and razzmatazz will leave you razzle dazzled, for sure.

Katy Wheeler