Top cast for award-winning production

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Left to right: Tupele Dorgu, Stefan Booth, Ali Bastian and Bernie Nolan
Left to right: Tupele Dorgu, Stefan Booth, Ali Bastian and Bernie Nolan

The world-famous Chicago musical returns to Manchester from March 19 to 24, 2012, featuring an all-star cast.

The Palace Theatre will be home to soap stars Ali Bastian, Stefan Booth and Tupele Dorgu, as well as pop star Bernie Nolan.

Based on real life events from the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and ends up in jail. Along with doublemurderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Hollyoaks star Ali Bastian plays the lead role of Roxie. In 2009 she reached the semi-finals of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, proving her on-stage talents. Her theatre work includes Verdict, Burn the Floor and the UK Tour of Strictly Live 2010.

Stefan Booth will be playing Billy Flynn. He is known for his role as Greg Jessop in EastEnders, as well as playing regular rolls in The Bill and Hollyoaks. He also reached the finals of the first series of ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

Velma Kelly will be played by ex-Coronation Street star Tupele Dorgu, who played Kelly Crabtree in the soap for six years.

The lead roles will be completed by Bernie Nolan playing Mama Morton. As a lead singer with The Nolans, she and her sisters enjoyed phenomenal worldwide success. On stage Bernie has recently played Cora in Calendar Girls and Hannah Owens in Flashdance. She was also a finalist in the first series of ITV’s Popstar to Opera Star.

Chicago opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on November 18 1997 to rave reviews, winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Musical Production’ as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for ‘Best Musical’, and immediately became a sell-out hit.

The performance of Chicago moves to a number of other theatre venues around the country as part of a five-month UK tour.

For more information call the group booking line on 0844 871 3038 or visit www.