Jason Donovan


Australian producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones are thrilled to announce that Australian superstar Donovan will be joining the cast of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical Chicago this December in Melbourne. Playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn, this will be the first time Donovan has appeared on stage in a musical in Australia.

Donovan’s over thirty year international career has made him one of Australia’s most successful performers. He was catapulted into homes in Australia and the UK in 1986 when he first appeared on Neighbours starring opposite Kylie Minogue

They soon became Australia’s sweethearts which helped launch their pop music careers here and in Europe. Donovan’s debut album was a platinum selling record in Australia and was the highest selling album in the UK in 1989. 

Since then he has sold over thirteen million albums worldwide and continues to tour with his live shows to adoring audiences. The multi award winner made his defining musical theatre debut in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on the West End in 1991 which also earned him an Olivier Award nomination. 

He has since starred in many West End musical theatre productions including Priscilla Queen of The Desert, The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Annie Get Your Gun and The Sound of Music to name but a few. Donovan is currently starring on the West End as the Pharaoh in the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Sharing the stage with Donovan in Melbourne in this sassy musical will be some of Australia’s most talented performers. Starring as the irreverent and determined Roxie Hart is one of our most versatile entertainers, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, and joining her as the empowered and glamorous Velma Kelly is musical theatre star Alinta Chidzey

Much adored Casey Donovan joins the duo as the tough and sassy prison warden Matron ‘Mama’ Morton. Starring alongside this star studded cast is musical theatre stalwart Rodney Dobson playing Roxie’s charming and vulnerable husband Amos Hart and J. Furtado as gossip hound Mary Sunshine. The wonderful ensemble cast includes Amy Berrisford, Andrew Cook, Todd Dewberry, Samantha Dodemaide, Ben Gillespie, Chaska Halliday, Travis Khan, Hayley Martin, Kristina McNamara, Joe Meldrum, Tom New, Jessica Vellucci, Romina Villafranca, Rachael Ward, Zachary Webster and Mitchell Woodcock

The Kander and Ebb musical has been seen by over thirty one million people worldwide in 36 countries and is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award. Chicago continues to play on Broadway and around the world in multiple languages and is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer, who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate Velma Kelly by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer Billy Flynn to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

Chicago, which is based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.  The 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago is choreographed by Tony Award winning Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie

Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and sound design by Scott LehrerWhether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, or whether you are after a perfect night of pure entertainment Chicago always delivers.

14 - 28 December 2019
Arts Centre Melbourne

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