Chicago’s Amos for sec­ond time

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A cen­tral Auck­land ac­tor is mak­ing a name for him­self on a West Auck­land stage.

Paul Dick­ens is tak­ing on the role of Amos Hart in the Play­house Theatre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion Chicago.

Mr Dick­ens is such an avid fan of the role that it is his sec­ond time play­ing what he de­scribes as the ‘‘beau­ti­fully pa­thetic’’ Amos Hart.

Over the last eight years the Epsom res­i­dent has per­formed in a num­ber of stage shows in­clud­ing RENT, Hair and Miss Saigon.

The self-con­fessed ‘‘mu­si­cal theatre and pop geek’’ was named a semi­fi­nal­ist on Maori Tele­vi­sion’s Ho­mai Te Pakipaki, an in­ter­ac­tive karaoke com­pe­ti­tion.

The Play­house Theatre says more than 136 peo­ple au­di­tioned for roles in Chicago and it is giv­ing the stage show an au­then­tic 1920s Chicago feel with the help of some of the most elab­o­rate cos­tum­ing seen on its stage.

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pre­miered on Broad­way in 1975 and re­ceived 10 Tony Award nom­i­na­tions the fol­low­ing year in­clud­ing Best Mu­si­cal and Best Orig­i­nal Score.

The re­vival in 1996 has be­come the long­est run­ning mu­si­cal re­vival in his­tory and has won six Drama Desk Awards, five Critic Cir­cle Awards, and six Tony Awards.

In 2002, Mi­ra­max made Chicago into a movie star­ring Hol­ly­wood su­per­stars Re­nee Zell­weger, Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. The film won six Acad­emy Awards.

Chicago is on from July 13 to 27 at the Play­house Theatre in Glen Eden.

Go to cen­tral­leader. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see Paul Dick­ens per­form on Ho­mai Te Pakipaki.

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