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Chicago - Martin Kemp to take over the role of Billy Flynn from Cuba Gooding Jr

Martin Kemp

Casting news

FROM July 2 to September 1, 2018, Martin Kemp will play corrupt lawyer Billy Flynn in the evergreen musical Chicago, which is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre until October 6, 2018.

He will take over from American actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Martin Kemp rose to fame as the bassist in one of Britain’s best-loved bands, Spandau Ballet, with over 25 million records sold worldwide, and a string of no.1 hits. No stranger to the screen, he became a household favourite playing loveable rogue Steve Owen in EastEnders, for which he won a number of awards.

Kemp’s other numerous TV and film credits include The Krays, Sugar Town, Back in Business, Love Lies Bleeding and Let It Shine (as a judge). He also played Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour. And this Christmas, he will be playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan – The Arena Adventure.

His book, True – An Autobiography of Martin Kemp, was published in 2000 and spent several months in the Sunday Times best sellers list.

Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a nightclub singer who dreams of headlining in Vaudeville, but only achieves celebrity status when she murders her lover and enlists the help of Billy Flynn, Chicago’s shrewdest lawyer, to whip up the publicity surrounding the case and ensure her acquittal.

Further cast changes are to be announced.

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