Not available. Reports are that this is pretty much identical to the
acclaimed 1996 version that lasted until a few years ago. A few professional
reviewers maintain that the whole thing looks tired, and a few note that the
stage seems rather cramped for the amount of movement expected to take place.
Still, they admit the actual sound of the orchestra makes up for it.
Cuba Gooding Jr, the "star casting" is either considered an energetic Billy
Flynn, with a decent voice - or a vocally challenged one without much reason to
be there. Paul Rider as Roxie's husband gets a more unanimous approval rating,
particularly for his "Mr Cellophane" solo.
The ladies fair far better, with Ruthie Henshall's record of playing all
three roles applauded with her Mama Morton up there with the best. As Roxie,
Sarah Soetaert is more than sufficiently sensual, while Josefina Gabrielle, as
Velma shows her usual musical theatre skills to great effect.
With praise for the chorus - the fitness and precision, and a note for the
directing team who drill them into shape, this is considered pretty much of a
decent, but not record-breaking, standard by most.