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Chicago (Feature)

Coming to Sydney this August is CHICAGO. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award, the New York production is being reproduced for Australia using original choreography and stage direction.

Leading the cast is multi-award winner Alinta Chidzey, who has starred for The Production Company in Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Show Boat (Magnolia), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden) and Chess (Svetlana), as well as alongside Hugh Jackman in his Broadway to Oz tour.

Singing star and television celebrity Natalie Bassingthwaighte, well known for her hosting of the X Factor (Australia and New Zealand) and So You Think You Can Dance, will play Roxy Hart.

Tom Burlinson will take to the stage in CHICAGO. Photo credit Peter Brew-Bevan.

Billy Flynn is played by 40 year stage veteran Tom Burlinson in Brisbane and Sydney, with star of the stage and screen Jason Donovan taking the reins for the show’s Melbourne season.

The infamous Mama Morton, immortalised in film by Queen Latifah, will be played by Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan. Can you believe that was 14 years ago? Since that competition win, she has built a solid reputation singing in festivals and musical theatre. As you can see in our video, she’s going to do a brilliant job. 

Producer Suzanne Jones said “We cannot wait to see this cast make these iconic roles their own whilst supported by a slick ensemble cast. We are so privileged to have the most exceptional performers joining us on this production who are sure to bring the razzle dazzle!”

Alinta Chidzey, Casey Donovan, and Natalie Bassingthwaite lead the cast of CHICAGO. Photo credit Peter Brew-Bevan.

Get in early for the best tickets in the house!

CHICAGO tours Australia later this year, with its Sydney season opening at Capitol Theatre on August 20. Tickets start at $59.90 and are available at

Editor’s Note: Annabelle Drumm captured a few behind-the-scenes shots of rehearsals for CHICAGO. Check them out below or on her YouTube channel via this link:

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