Amy Winehouse Chicago casting shocker!

Wednesday 1 April 2009

amy_winehouse_4_wenn18329551A mouthy little bird (who shall remain nameless) has told us something rather disturbing.

Perhaps The Whingers shouldn’t really be surprised. But the producers of the wonderful Chicago are allegedly in discussion with Amy Winehouse to take over one of the lead roles. Now Phil, who previously had little interest in Miss Winehouse has come round to the star since her triumphant win in the vegetable sculpture class at the Lambeth Country Show last year.

Roxie or Velma? The Whinger’s Chicago mole can’t be certain and – as barmy as it sounds – didn’t we all think the same when we heard Graham Norton was taking over the lead role in La Cage Aux Folles? And look at Chicago‘s track record. Alison Moyet, Denise van Outen, Brooke Shields, David Hasselhoff, ahem, Kelly Osborne and perhaps most bizarrely Jerry Springer taking over in a lead role on June 5th. Even Martina Navratilova auditioned for the show when she emerged from her jungle stint in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. Not to mention Melanie Griffith or George Hamilton in the Broadway production to name but a few.

It really isn’t beyond the realms of possibility when you look at it like that is it? But of course it puts the Whingers on the horns of a dilemma. Having not see the show for over 10 years they were already thinking of going to see it again when they heard Mr Springer was coming into the show. But Amy Winehouse?

Lovely Amy, Phil at least thought, is probably too huge at the moment to need to go into a West End run, but we assume it’s for a strictly limited run. Will she cope with 8 shows a week? Even many seasoned stage musical performers seem unable to these days.

Fans of Miss Winehouse, who are probably more used to standing in a mosh pit than a seat in the dress, will no doubt be banging on the doors of the Cambridge Theatre.

One thing’s for certain it will be a massive sell-out. Aren’t those Chicago producers clever? If they do indeed pull off this coup it will inject huge interest in the show. Phil’s now persuading  Andrew to put aside his Ethel Merman vinyl collection and enlisting him on a crash course in the world of Amy Winehouse.

One other thing that’s been troubling the Whingers, how will Amy’s towering beehive cope with Roxie/Velma’s “Hot Honey Rag” finale cartwheel? Is there enough hairspray in the world to hold it in place? The Whingers will be holding what little breath they have left. But as bonkers as all this may seem the uncanny parallels between Amy’s life and Chicago storyline show real nous on the part of the producers. Think about it, won’t the audience be watching Amy very closely to see if she makes it through “Cell Block Tango” without falling to bits thinking about hubby Blake Fielder-Civil?

Let’s face it, nothing will keep the Whingers away from the Cambridge Theatre’s stalls. Look out for Andrew armed with his trusty peeler and a sack of potatoes sculping from life. Expect his Lambeth Country show creation to be even more lifelike this year.

10 Responses to “Amy Winehouse Chicago casting shocker!”

  1. webcowgirl Says:

    *snicker* You’re horrid! Still, I think you forgot about Go-To-Hell Kitty, a perfect match!

  2. Sir Andrew Lloyds Credit Crunch Says:

    Bizarrely, this has been announced the same day as Michael Jackson as Lloyd Webber’s new Phantom. What are the chances of that?

  3. hannah Says:

    On a serious note, you forgot Justin Lee Collins from you list of previous ‘stars’ to have graced the stage in Chicago. I didn’t even see it and the thought makes me shudder (and not with delight).

  4. jon Says:

    don’t hate! we love you, amy!

    i can’t wait to get tickets to this!

  5. Seth Says:

    Total car crash theatre.

  6. JohnnyFox Says:

    Did nobody else spot the date?

  7. Seth Says:

    Yes very funny. The thing is, this is Chicago – so absolutely nothing would surprise me.

  8. JohnnyFox Says:

    @Seth – agreed, seeing on the same day that ‘Little’ Jimmy Osmond was headlining the current UK regional tour of Chicago – featuring such prestige venues as Sunderland, Stoke on Trent, Torquay and Southsea – made me wonder which was the more bizarre suggestion.

  9. addicted to theatre Says:

    I know its off subject but I just had to share this interview with Rupert Everett. His description of the London theatre audience made me laugh http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-04-06/rupert-everett-unleashed/


  10. On the note above about Phantom 2 have you noticed the yoof focussed twittering website that Love Never Dies has. Some right-on corporate type obviously thinks the kids are going to be all-a-twittering about Love Never Dies rather than Amy Winehouse in Chicago, Lady Gaga in Night Music, Courtney Love in the 39 Steps and created this weird globe that pulls in all twitters mentioning Phantom.

    Most of the comments are pretty anondyne at the momment. But hey, Whingers, just imagine what messages you could send out to unsuspecting execs just by using the words Phantom of the Opera in the body of the message?


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