Denise Van Outen joins Chicago on the West End with Alexandra Burke and Duncan James
Chicago’s current West End revival has recruited Denise Van Outen to play Velma Kelly.
The presenter and performer will play the role for the first time on Monday, September 24; and complete on Saturday, November 17.
Interestingly she previously played Roxie Hart both in the West End and on Broadway; with her other credits including Tell Me On A Sunday, Legally Blonde and her own one-woman show Some Girl I Used To Know.
Lest we forget her impressive streak on Strictly Come Dancing, and also THIS:
Denise joins current Alexandra Burke (Roxie Hart) and Duncan James (Billy Flynn) in the current line-up. Mazz Murray is currently playing Mama Morton, while Paul Rider is Amos Hart.
“I’m really excited about it. I remained very good friends with the producers of the show, because when I did the show on Broadway I actually lived in their apartment,” Denise told the Daily Mail.
“It’s one of those things, it was such a big piece of my life. I was the first celebrity to do Chicago, so it was quite a big gamble for them. And because it kind of worked out and went well and I was well received in New York by the Press and the critics, I’ve always had that real love for the show.
“It’s a brilliant show and the producers… we’ve always stayed in contact and we’ve had the conversations previously, but it never felt like the right time [to return] because I’ve obviously gone off and done other things.”
She continued: “But I think now I’m at an age where, partly, for me it’s to reminisce a little bit because I went to see it recently and I just got those goosebumps again.
“I just wanted to go back and have a blast and work on something that I love. And also it’s been announced that Duncan James is doing the show and we’re really good friends and I’m just really, really excited to work with him again.”
Chicago is playing at the Phoenix Theatre.