Gemma Collins to join UK tour of Chicago

Last Updated on 29 March 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

Gemma Collins, who rose to fame in The Only Way Is Essex, is joining the UK and Ireland tour of Chicago from May 2022. Tickets on sale now

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Gemma Collins with Chicago cast members Liam Marcellino and Ishmail Aaron. Photo: Matt Crockett

Reality TV star and presenter Gemma Collins is joining the cast of the UK and Ireland tour of Chicago in the role of Mama Morton.

Collins studied dance and attended Sylvia Young Theatre School before being catapulted to stardom through ITV reality show The Only Way Is Essex.

She will join Faye Brooks as Roxie Hart, Djalenga Scott as Velma Kelly, Jamie Baughan as Amos Hart and BE Wong as Mary Sunshine. Casting for the role of Billy Flynn will be announced soon.

David Ian, who is a producer for the tour, said today: “We were completely stunned by Gemma’s audition for the role. She’s an undeniable force both on and off stage, and we can’t wait to see her portrayal of Mama Morton on tour. Audiences across the country are in for a treat.”

Collins will join the tour at the Sunderland Empire from 31 May 2022, ahead of playing Cardiff New Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sheffield Lyceum, Norwich Theatre Royal and New Theatre, Oxford.

The cast is completed by Ishmail Aaron, Michelle Andrews, Gabby Antrobus, Delycia Belgrave, Joel Benjamin, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Daniel Clift, Callum Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Billie Hardy, Aaron Jenkins, Liam Marcellino, Theo Reece, Hollie Jane Stephens and Harrison Wilde.

Created by John Kander, Fred Ebb and choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s score includes the show-stopping songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango”, “All That Jazz” and Mama Morton’s “When You’re Good to Mama”.

Tickets for Chicago are on sale now.

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