What better in the run-up to the opening night for CHICAGO, back in the West End at London’s Phoenix Theatre, than a series of interviews from Caroline Hanks-Farmer with the show’s stars? We start with cellmates Sarah Soetaert (Roxie) and Josefina Gabrielle (Velma).
Sarah and Josefina will be appearing in Kander and Ebb’s multi-award-winning show alongside Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr who makes his British stage and musical debut as Billy Flynn and West End favourite Ruthie Henshall who will step into the role of Mama Morton.
Sarah (Carousel, Fame) returns to the role of Roxie Hart which she previously played at the Cambridge and Garrick Theatres. Another former Roxie, Josefina (Oklahoma!, The Witches of Eastwick) will be the production’s Velma Kelly, after previously playing Roxie at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres.
What do you like best about Chicago?
It’s brilliantly written, has fantastic music, Bob Fosse choreography, and of course, Fosse created it back in the 70s. He created it and legends on Broadway performed it, who we all revere. The material is so rich, you feel you are continuing a legacy of exquisite work. It’s an honour to do it.
Some young readers will only know the
I think the film focuses a lot on the story and there
You need to be sassy and sexy in the role of Roxie? How do you get into character every day?
I think you just go to that place and it’s a combination of things that
It’s a journey, you do the warm-up, the vocal, you see your colleagues, you get your costume on, make-up and lippy, and there you are. By the time the curtain comes up, you are there because you want to be.
What’s your favourite number?
Ooh, that's a hard one, I would say ‘Nowadays’ because you’ve witnessed Roxie’s change of character and journey by then. The lyrics are really good, they tell a story.
If you could have any role, what would you choose?
The role for me is always going to be Roxie. She grows and I grow and it evolves.