A rocking good night out
WITH great anticipation, my friend and I made our way to Grimsby Auditorium to see Chicago The Musical.
I have never seen the film nor the production before, so I didn't know what to expect – but I knew it would be something big and spectacular.
After making big decisions with what to wear for the night, we made it to the venue, which was extremely busy with people of all ages ... and mostly women!
Getting comfy in our seats, the lights suddenly went down and the background chatter turned into silence.
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The opening music began – the legendary song All That Jazz, performed by one of the lead characters, Velma Kelly, and company.
Velma is ably performed by Tupele Dorgu, who is best known for her five-year role as Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street.
She is a fantastic singer and owned the stage with her glamorous black outfit and heels. It was a "wow" opening for sure and got the audience going.
We had a good view and the music wasn't too loud. Sometimes at the theatre, I find the music drowns the singers, but this time it certainly didn't.
There was a live orchestra set back on the stage and it really added to the atmosphere and quality of the show. You could hear each individual instrument – from the piano and trombone to the banjo.
The highlight of the show was the Cell Block Tango, a catchy, intense song which really got my feet tapping to the beat.
Being an EastEnders fan I recognised Stefan Booth from playing Greg, Tanya's ex-husband in the soap.
He was very smooth as Billy Flynn, performing with outstanding, energetic dancers doing splits and back flips.
He looked very sharp in his smart suit and all the dancers were stunning in their black outfits.
Other songs which stood out for me were Razzle Dazzle and When You're Good To Mama, and Ali Bastian, as Roxie Hart, was excellent.
My friend, Caroline, had watched the film before and said it followed the musical closely.
Overall, it was an energetic production which followed an emotional story. The company – which includes Bernie Nolan as Matron Morton – put their all into it, with great choreography and singing.
And Caroline already wants to see it again!