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Rating: - I’m all for reviving old musicals, but this one has not been imaginatively rethought...
As the self-seeking lawyer, Billy Flynn, Gooding Jr displays too much surface charm and sings modestly but hoofs energetically.
Rating: - His Flynn has stacks of charm but the 50-year-old gets fewer opportunities than he might like to try his hand at following Bob Fosse’s incomparable choreography. My voice goes a bit hoarse, but he and I know the work we have to accomplish.’ Wow factor: He was joined by his talented co-stars Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle, who play Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in the production, the roles portrayed by Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2002 movie, respectively Gooding appeared on Broadway in Trip To Bountiful, but has not done much stage work since the early days of his career, when he did amateur theatre.
This is probably the sexiest musical ever and remains the great, smouldering show that first arrived in London in 1997. He observed that Chicago, a musical about women who have been abused by the men in their lives, speaks to the #Me Too movement, which he supports because ‘it means we’re having a conversation’.‘There’s a certain apprehension,’ he added, ‘because you wonder whether a friend of yours will become implicated in some way.‘And it makes you think about your own behaviour.
Michael’s cousin Andros Georgiou said he had repeatedly begged the Careless Whisper singer to get help because he feared his addictions would eventually kill him, but that a series of rows had caused a rift between the two men.
Mr Georgiou, a childhood friend and former manager to the singer, wrote on Facebook: ‘My biggest fear has come true. Please someone tell me this is not true, Yog [Michael’s nickname] can’t be gone.’ The cousin wrote in the early hours of Boxing Day that he was ‘watching Sky News in disbelief’.
Prior to his turn on the show, Cuba, who recently turned 50, joked that he has been doing karaoke to help get his voice in shape. What was celebrated yesterday is not tolerated today.’ Cuba gave one of the most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches ever after winning an award for his role in 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, with his character’s refrain, ‘Show me the money!
Michael was plagued by ill-health after years of cannabis and crack cocaine abuse, and a source told the Daily Telegraph he had been treated in hospital following recent heroin use.
Chicago's return to the West End was met with mixed reviews on Wednesday evening, with lead man Cuba Gooding Jr. The 50-year-old Boyz n the Hood actor made his debut as Billy Flynn in the show, which has returned to London after 15 years on stage from 1997, yet his singing voice was widely-panned by critics in his role as lawyer Billy Flynn.
While his charm in the role was lauded, his 'rasping' voice was a point of contention for many with the blanket reaction insisting he was drowned out by the orchestra in the play, which returned to the stage at London's Phoenix Theatre.
We had been looking for a backing singer to replace another girl, called DC Lee; Simon Napier-Bell, Wham! I was told to go and pick her up from the train station.
In the car, she put on her tape and I was impressed by her voice.