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It’s tunes galore in Capital theatres this week, with a host of hit-packed shows on offer. At the Playhouse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, while they’ll be dancing in the aisles at the Usher Hall to some of Motown’s greatest hits. Tina Turner fans, meanwhile, should make a beeline for the Brunton, where Julie Nevada will be belting out classics like Nutbush City Limits and What’s Love Got To Do With It.
“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award winning Broadway and West End musical, Chicago, starring West End and EastEnders actor John Partridge (Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as Billy Flynn, Dancing on Ice winner and Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale, Grease, Mamma Mia!) as Roxie Hart, and X Factor winner and real life prison warden Sam Bailey as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.
Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle.
A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Monday, 13 June – Saturday, 18 June, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm), £15-£51.50, 0844-871 3014
Dancing In The Streets
Join the original and the best celebration of Motown’s Greatest Hits with the spectacular, critically acclaimed Dancing it the Streets.
Experience the energy and electricity of the motor city in a stunning production packed with hit after hit, all killer, no filler!
The talented cast and band will bring to life the infectious, melodic, foot-tapping songs with a touch of soul and style guaranteed to have you signing along and dancing in the aisles
Expect your favourite songs made famous by The Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, The Supremes. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and many more.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Friday, 17 June, 7.30pm, £26.50-£28.50, 0131-228 1155
Simply The Best
Energetic stage performances, stunning costumes, powerful vocals, electrifying dance routines and superb musicianship will make this ‘Simply the Best’ night out of the year.
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Friday, 17 June, 7.30pm, £20 (£18), 0131-665 2240
Strange Town Theatre
Strange Town brings you several new pieces of theatre this summer. From monsters to multiverses, from musicians to moments in life where you take centre stage, it’s all here. Why not come along and enjoy a taste of the theatre makers of the future?
MONSTER FORCE! ENGAGE! by Tim Primrose Sat 18 (3pm) & Sun 19 Jun (11.30am), £8.50(£5.50). All Ages Something is lurking under the bed. Mum and Dad are asleep. Who will battle the things that go bump in the night? Monster Force! Engage! Performed by the 8-10s youth theatre
The two plays written by Sam Siggs; – ‘Multiverse: The Voices’ and ‘Multiverse: The Rise of Alvin’ are linked. The first ten minutes are the same then they change as the characters tumble in to a new universe. Why not see both plays and find out what happens in the multiverse…
MULTIVERSE: THE VOICES by Sam Siggs Fri 17 (7pm) & Sat 18 Jun (7pm) £8.50 (£5.50). All ages Rory desperately wants to win the school ‘Battle of the Bands’. The only thing standing in his way is the fact his band is massively rubbish…in this Universe. Performed by the Friday 11-14s youth theatre.
MULTIVERSE: THE RISE OF ALVIN by Sam Siggs Fri 17 (9pm) & Sat 18 Jun (9pm), £8.50 (£5.50). All ages Rory desperately wants to win the school ‘Battle of the Bands’. The only thing standing in his way is the fact his band is massively rubbish…in this Universe. Performed by the Wednesday 11-14s youth theatre.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street, Friday – Saturday, times and prices above, 0131-556 9579