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Cuba Gooding Jr to star in Chicago

Cuba Gooding Jr as Chicago's Billy Flynn Image copyright Chicago

Show me the jazz hands! Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr will make his UK stage debut this year when hit musical Chicago returns to the West End.

The Jerry Maguire and Boyz n the Hood star will play smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the show, which hasn’t been seen in London since 2012.

It will be the first musical for the 50-year-old, recently seen on US TV as OJ Simpson in American Crime Story.

Chicago begins its 2018 run at London’s Phoenix Theatre on 26 March.

The show – now its 21st year on Broadway – originally ran in London for 15 years.

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The musical, which was first staged in 1975 before being successfully revived in 1996, tells of a 1920s dancer who goes on trial for murder.

It was made into an Oscar-winning film in 2002, in which Richard Gere played the Billy Flynn role.

Further casting for the London production has yet to be announced.


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