Ten years after Duncan James first played Billy Flynn in Chicago, he'll razzle-dazzle the West End again

23 Aug
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Picture: Simon Turtle

It’s a role Duncan James originally played in 2008 and now he is back in the courtroom (or Phoenix Theatre) joining Alexandra Burke, Josefina Gabrielle, Mazz Murray and Paul Rider in CHICAGO from 10 September 2018.

Duncan James joins Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart. The musical is booking until Saturday 5 January 2019.

James was most recently seen playing the role of Ryan in the popular Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. For his role as Ryan, he was nominated for Most Popular Newcomer for the 2016 NTAs and is currently nominated for Best Newcomer for the 2017 Soap Awards. Duncan rose to fame as one quarter of the band Blue, which, to date, has had 40 Number One singles worldwide, three Number One UK albums and sales of over 16 million records. James’ television roles include being a presenter on Soapstar Superstar, Capital FM’s Party In The ParkCity HospitalT4The Clothes Show and GMTV’s Entertainment Today.

He was a finalist in ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2007, and participated in the subsequent sell-out arena tour. He made his television acting debut in Plus One for Channel 4, and further TV appearances included Grease: The School Musical for Sky 1, Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (as a judge) for BBC1, Eight Out Of Ten Cats for Channel 4, presenting The National Lottery for BBC1 on many occasions, presenting the game show Scream If You Know The Answer on Watch, and being a judge on Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing. His other theatre appearances include Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre.

Chicago 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.