All That Jazz: An Evening at Chicago

Last night was mine and mom’s Christmas night out and this year we decided to go and see Chicago at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. We don’t go to the theatre that often and every time we go we always say “We should do this more often”, and after seeing Chicago I will definitely be making the effort to go more often as it is such a lovely night out and a few hours of pure escapism. So sparkly shoes, (faux) fur jackets and jazz hands at the ready we headed into town. If you can’t wear your sparkliest shoes to see Chicago then where can you wear them to? Wearing them I felt (almost) as sassy as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.

Pre -Theatre Cocktails

A trip to the Alex isn’t a trip to the Alex without a quick stop in The Victoria, the theatre pub nearby, a perfect place to start the evening. Whether it’s a cocktail or a straightforward G&T there is a drink for everyone here to get you in the mood before an evening at the theatre. After a few preshow cocktails we headed over to the Alex for some more preshow drinks. There really is a buzz about going to see a play as you see everyone anticipating the night ahead, discussing who is playing the lead (in this case it was John Partridge aka Christian from EastEnders who played Billy Flynn) and of course the dreaded queue for the loo just before the show starts. On arrival we saw a Champagne and Bubbles stand and simply couldn’t resist so mom and I treated ourselves to some Champagne Bellinis (after we’d already treated ourselves to some pre-theatre cocktails) and some salted caramel popcorn which was a delicious snack.

Show Time

Wow, what a show. The musical itself was fantastic, the singing, the dancing, the costumes, everything, it really was spectacular. The whole production was incredible, especially the band who were absolutely fantastic and Mica Paris whose voice just gives me goose bumps. I don’t know too much about theatre and production to be able to offer an in-depth review, all I know was that it was pretty darn good. For those few hours we were transported to the razzle dazzle of the 1920s in Chicago even though outside was the drizzle drabble of rainy Birmingham. If you do get the opportunity, then it is definitely worth getting a ticket for and enjoying a night of All That Jazz.


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