British theatrical producer James Cundall is credited for staging renowned international shows—the likes of Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera, Stomp, Potted Potter, and Wicked—in the Philippines.
As chief executive officer of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Cundall personally believes that there is a market in the country. He explained, “Manila is becoming a very important part of the Asian touring circuit, with a sophisticated and musically-savvy audience. The welcome and reception that the casts are receiving in Manila are becoming legendary with international theater companies.”
This is why he is always working hard to bring never-before-seen shows here to delight the Filipino audiences.
So before 2014 ends, Cundall will once again make headlines for successfully staging, along with partners, Chicago, a stunning spectacle full of social satire, intrigue, love, betrayal, rivalry and friendship. It tells the journey of Roxie Hart from prison to the courtroom to the Vaudeville stage, for a display of music and dance that adroitly shifts between reality and fantasy.
Onstage from December 2 to 21, Chicago is the opening salvo of the brand new The Theater at Solaire Resort and Casino.
“I am both delighted and excited to be bringing the first musical to the brand new Theater at Solaire. It is wonderful that Manila now has a world-class 1,760-seat theater, built especially to accommodate Broadway and West End musicals, and finished to an incredibly high standard,” the producer enthused.
Cundall is also very excited for Filipinos to watch Chicago as it is one of his personal favorites. He shared, “Chicago ranks with Les Miserables as my favorite musical of all time—it is a knock-out show which features a wonderfully humorous story, sensational dancing, toe-tapping music and an incredible cast of characters, which is why it continues to play on Broadway after so many years and has been applauded by millions of people.”
The musical was first created by the legendary Broadway trio of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (book/lyrics) and Bob Fosse (co-author, original director and choreographer) in 1975, and was based on a 1926 Broadway play written by a journalist from the Chicago Tribune who had covered the sensational trials of two women, both of whom were accused of killing their lovers whilst under the influence of drink and jazz.
In November 1996 a revival of Chicago opened on Broadway produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, and a year later opened in London’s West End. The rest, as they say, is history, as Chicago has gone on to become the longest running musical revival on both Broadway and in the West End, and the longest running Broadway musical to play in the West End.
For tickets, call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. For more information, log on to www.ChicagoTheMusical.com.