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Liverpool Empire

Monday 12th - Saturday 24th May

Tickets: £27.50 - £13.50

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Swept along by an Oscar-studded landslide of renewed interest, Chicago rolls into the Liverpool Empire -and immediately smashes all records for audience sales.

That fact alone represents all you need to know about the appeal, calibre and value-for-money of the production, but if you aren't yet convinced by this popular lung buster then read on.

A tale of murder, corruption, fame, greed and high-kicking prison chicks - shaming the harridans of Prisoner Cell Block H into reaching for the Oil of Ulay - centres upon the headline grabbing antics of one Roxie Hart (Emma Clifford).

Suddenly the toast of Chicago after shooting her lover dead, this low-to-no talent showgirl walks all over fellow killer and earlier press darling Velma Kelly (Lisa Donmall): resulting in a clash of egos and a burst of songs from behind prison walls.

There, the murderesses plot to contrive their ultimate performance and plea of leniency from the witness stand, aided by hot shot lawyer Billy Flynn (Marti Pellow). Formerly the weakest casting opportunity within a triangle of immoral (and therefore hugely juicy) all-singing lynchpins, Pellow's voice remains clear and strong; his complexion and pin-up good looks the stuff of some diabolical Faustian pact.

Once it was the ladies that stole the show, here it's the bestubbled Scotsman. The set is stripped bare to the most minimal of essentials, the orchestra themselves woven amidst the characters on stage for a seedy, back-room ambience. Part Bugsy Malone with a pinch of Anne Summers thanks to a simmering hormonal soup, this is an inviting, adults-only gym session in which 'the rope' holds an altogether more sinister meaning.

An extra matinee has been added to the Liverpool run, but this too shows signs of being hovered clean. Challenging Paul McCartney for the honour of most-sought-after-ticket-in-town, if you desire a pinch of spice turn the heat up this dingy Springtime - go - fetch - enjoy…


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