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West End Chicago to close after 15-year run

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The West End production of Chicago is to close after a run of 15 years.

The musical, which is currently playing at the Garrick Theatre, will play its final performance on September 1.

Producer Barry Weissler said: “Bringing Chicago to the West End was a pivotal moment in [co-producer and wife] Fran’s and my career. Running 15 years has been a dream come true. We may be taking our ‘parting shots’ for now, but the Razzle Dazzle will never fade.”

Chicago originally opened at the Adelphi Theatre on November 18, 1997, winning the 1998 Olivier award for outstanding musical production. It transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April 2006, where it ran for five years until August 27, 2011. The show then opened at the Garrick Theatre on November 7 2011, where it will run until September 1, 2012.

Chicago is one of only six musicals to have played 15 years or more in London’s West End, the others being Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Blood Brothers, Cats and Starlight Express.

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