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Cuba Gooding Jr to star in Chicago

Cuba Gooding Jr as Chicago's Billy Flynn Image copyright Chicago
Image caption The show will mark Gooding Jr's musical debut

Show me the jazz hands! Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr will make his UK stage debut this year when hit musical Chicago returns to the West End.

The Jerry Maguire and Boyz n the Hood star will play smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the show, which hasn't been seen in London since 2012.

It will be the first musical for the 50-year-old, recently seen on US TV as OJ Simpson in American Crime Story.

Chicago begins its 2018 run at London's Phoenix Theatre on 26 March.

The show - now its 21st year on Broadway - originally ran in London for 15 years.

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Media captionCuba Gooding Jr on playing OJ Simpson

The musical, which was first staged in 1975 before being successfully revived in 1996, tells of a 1920s dancer who goes on trial for murder.

It was made into an Oscar-winning film in 2002, in which Richard Gere played the Billy Flynn role.

Further casting for the London production has yet to be announced.

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