01 August 2020

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Within a year, ENSEMBLE Theatre has smashed box office records and been critically acclaimed (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Absolutely Brilliant “, “Sounded Spectacular”) with it’s hit productions of Broadway musicals including Oliver!, The Sound of Music and The Addams Family. Andy Vitolo (ENSEMBLE Theatre’s Artistic Director) said “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing CHICAGO to the Opera House in the Winter Gardens in April 2020, I’ve loved the musical for years and of course the terrific movie with Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger.”

CHICAGO is based on a play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins that’s actually about ‘real criminals’ and crimes that she reported on. The musical is a Broadway and West End smash hit and winner of the ACADEMY award for the movie version. 

In the 1920s, Chicago became infamous for a string of homicides committed by women, crimes of passion set in a backdrop of changing times and views of women in the Jazz age.  

Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart have become instantly recognisable as the lead roles in CHICAGO, written by John Kander & Fred Ebb (The Prolific Broadway writers who wrote ‘Cabaret’) and the legendary Bob Fosse. 

Andy added “The musical is Broadway at it’s very best with songs like ‘All That Jazz’ & ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘When You’re Good to Mama’ which is etched in my memory from when Queen Latifah performed it in the movie. We’re encouraging talent from all over the Northwest to come forward and audition, it’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity to be part of ENSEMBLE Theatre, CHICAGO and perform at one of the most famous theatres in the world. This is the first of our dynamic 2020 season amazing positive story for Blackpool and a wonderful showcase for talent in the Northwest.”


Ensemble theatre are a self-funded Musical Theatre company based in the heart of Blackpool.

Lead by a professional creative team with a collective repertoire of over 40 years experience in west end and broadway productions, national and international touring shows, street theatre and large-scale outdoor events, E N S E M B L E Theatre truly is a unique and exciting company for any performer to be a part of. Whether they are early on in their career as a performer or simply a fellow Musical Theatre enthusiast,  E N S E M B L E provide a high quality experience to showcase top talent by offering diverse opportunities to all cast members.

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