There’s a new Mama in charge of Cook County Jail from 2 July as Mazz Murray takes over the role in Chicago at London’s Phoenix Theatre opposite another new addition, Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn.
Mazz Murray and Martin Kemp will join Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Paul Rider who continue in their roles as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly and Amos Hart respectively. Kemp remains in the London production of Chicago until 2 September 2018, with Soetaert, Gabrielle, Murray and Rider staying until 11 August 2018. The show’s producers have announced a new booking period with tickets available for performances from Monday 8 October to Saturday 5 January 2019.
Kander and Ebb’s musical is the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy and is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. The musical has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. When the show was revived on Broadway in 1996 it was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.
Mazz Murray’s previous theatre credits include nine years as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Mabel in Fame (Victoria Palace), Grandma Bertha in Pippin (Bridewell Theatre) and Dusty Springfield in A Girl Called Dusty (Duke of York’s Theatre). On television, she has appeared in EastEnders and Footballers’ Wives, and on film in John Boorman’s Hope & Glory and the soon-to-be-released Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She has toured with Earth Wind & Fire and Billy Ocean as part of the band Woman the Band, and with Il Divo as a solo artist. Her debut solo album, Midnight Mazz, was released earlier this year.