Gemma Collins To Join Chicago UK Tour

It has been whispered for a while but today it has been confirmed that Gemma Collins will be joining the current UK tour of Chicago.


She will take over the role of Mama Morton in Sunderland on Tuesday 31st May and will continue in the role in Cardiff, Blackpool, Sheffield, Norwich and Oxford.



David Ian said today:


We were completely stunned by Gemma’s audition for the role. She’s an undeniable force both on and off stage, and we can’t wait to see her portrayal of ‘Mama Morton’ on tour. Audiences across the country are in for a treat

Gemma Collins is best known as a media personality first having come to fame in The Only Way Is Essex. She joins Faye Brookes as ‘Roxie Hart’, Djalenga Scott as ‘Velma Kelly’, Jamie Baughan as ‘Amos Hart’ and B.E. Wong as ‘Mary Sunshine’. The role of ‘Billy Flynn’ will be announced soon. Full tour schedule below. www.chicagothemusical.com


The cast is completed by Ishmail Aaron, Michelle Andrews, Gabby Antrobus, Delycia Belgrave, Joel Benjamin, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Daniel Clift, Callum Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Billie Hardy, Aaron Jenkins, Liam Marcellino, Theo Reece, Hollie Jane Stephens and Harrison Wilde.




Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes the show-stopping songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango”, and “All That Jazz”. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, CHICAGO is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Since it opened in New York in 1996, CHICAGO has played in 36 countries worldwide and has been performed in English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Danish, Japanese and Korean. Worldwide it has been seen by an estimated 33 million people, grossed over $1.7 billion and played over 32,500 performances.



The tour schedule is as follows:


CHICAGO UK AND IRELAND TOUR LISTINGS 2022

TUESDAY 31 MAY – SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2022

Sunderland Empire

www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire

Gemma Collins – Mama Morton, Faye Brookes – Roxie Hart & Djalenga Scott – Velma Kelly.

MONDAY 20 JUNE – SATURDAY 25 JUNE 2022

New Theatre, Cardiff

www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

Gemma Collins – Mama Morton, Faye Brookes – Roxie Hart & Djalenga Scott – Velma Kelly.

TUESDAY 28 JUNE – SATURDAY 2 JULY 2022

Winter Gardens, Blackpool

www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk Gemma Collins – Mama Morton, Faye Brookes – Roxie Hart & Djalenga Scott – Velma Kelly.

TUESDAY 5 JULY – SATURDAY 9 JULY 2022

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Gemma Collins – Mama Morton, Faye Brookes – Roxie Hart & Djalenga Scott – Velma Kelly.

MONDAY 11 JULY – SATURDAY 16 JULY 2022

Theatre Royal, Norwich

www.norwichtheatre.org

Gemma Collins – Mama Morton, Faye Brookes – Roxie Hart & Djalenga Scott – Velma Kelly.

MONDAY 18 JULY - SATURDAY 23 JULY 2022

New Theatre Oxford

www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford

Gemma Collins – Mama Morton, Faye Brookes – Roxie Hart & Djalenga Scott – Velma Kelly.


Just a shame she was never in it at the same time as Darren Day!