SHEILA FERGUSON JOINS RUSSELL WATSON, FAYE BROOKES & DJALENGA SCOTT

CHICAGO

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne; Monday 14 – Saturday 19 February 2022 

Producer David Ian in association with Barry and Fran Weissler are delighted to announce Three Degrees’ soul sensation Sheila Ferguson will star as Mama Morton in the smash hit musical CHICAGO. Sheila joins the recently announced Russell Watson as ‘Billy Flynn’, Faye Brookes as ‘Roxie Hart’, Djalenga Scott as ‘Velma Kelly’, Jamie Baughan as ‘Amos Hart’ and B.E. Wong as ‘Mary Sunshine’ star in the musical sensation CHICAGO opening at the Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre on Valentine’s Day 14 February for one week only.

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. 

Sheila Ferguson (Mama Morton) is best known as the lead singer of chart-topping group The Three Degrees, whose hits include When Will I See You Again?, Take Good Care of Yourself and A Woman In Love. Her many theatre credits include the musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie, Soul Train, Oh! What A Night and Respect La Diva. She has also appeared on television as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, and as a panellist on Loose Women.

Russell Watson (Billy Flynn) is regarded as one of the world’s greatest classical singers, having released ten acclaimed studio albums. His debut album, The Voice held the number one chart position in the UK for a record-breaking 52 weeks. Throughout his extensive career Watson has collaborated with Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Alexandra Burke, and Luciano Pavarotti. He recently appeared as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! His stage credits include Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds and the world premiere of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Kristina at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Faye Brookes (Roxie Hart) recently reached the final of last year’s series of Dancing on Ice. She is best known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street, for which she won a National Television Award. Her theatre credits include Princess Fiona in Shrek and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Ann/Edna in That Day We Sang directed by Victoria Wood, Liesl in The Sound of Music and Frenchy in Grease at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre. Faye’s other TV credits include Agnes Franklin in Our Girl and Helena in Atlantis.

Djalenga Scott’s (Velma Kelly) West End credits include Lily St Regis in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the New London and Chicago at the Adelphi, Cambridge and Garrick Theatres. Her other credits include Anita in the national tour of West Side Story, Rizzo in Grease at Curve Leicester, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show and Carmen in Fame, both on European tours, the US tour of Batman Live and Bombalurina in Cats at Kilworth House. Djalenga’s screen credits include Scarlett/Esme in Trapped and Alexandra in the film I Give It A Year.                              

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 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, Russian, 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.

CHICAGO, which is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.  The 1996 Broadway revival of CHICAGO was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

It would simply be a crime to miss it, CHICAGO, from Monday 14 – Saturday 19 February 2022, at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, with nightly performances at 7.30pm plus Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm matinees. Tickets are priced from £20, to book call the box office team on 01323 412000 or see eastbournetheatres.co.uk