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Wednesday, 13 February, 2002, 14:54 GMT
Van Outen will return to West End
Denise Van Outen was a hit in the West End
Denise Van Outen was a hit in the West End
Denise Van Outen is to return to the West End to star in the hit show Chicago once she has finished starring on Broadway version in the US.

The Basildon 27-year-old reprises her role as Roxie Hart in New York in March, a part she performed during a 20-week stint in London last year.

Despite being famous for her raunchy screen presence on British TV screens, she is a complete unknown in America.

She said she always wanted to be a "Broadway babe".

"To come from the Big Breakfast to Broadway is truly an ambition come true. I never thought this would happen and only imagined it in my wildest dreams," said Van Outen.

Chicago has been at the West End for four years
Chicago has been at the West End for four years
"I do hope the Americans are going to like me."

Van Outen will return to the West End version of Chicago once her five-week run at the Shubert Theatre is finished.

"I am excited to be returning to the West End. Playing Roxie in London was one of the happiest periods of my life and a highlight of my career," she said.

Breakfast

Chicago has been running for more than four years and won a Laurence Olivier award for outstanding musical production.

Van Outen started her TV career doing traffic and weather on the Big Breakfast.

She was soon promoted to main host duties, alongside Johnny Vaughan.

The couple's on-screen chemistry soon had audiences on the show soaring.

Van Outen left the show in 1999 but was persuaded to return in an ill-fated attempt to boost audience numbers.

After again leaving the show, she went through a very public break-up from Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay last year.

See also:

18 Apr 01 | Arts
Van Outen lights up Chicago
03 Dec 98 | Entertainment
Van Outen's career goes down the Tube
12 Jan 01 | Entertainment
Breakfast over for Denise and Johnny
04 Aug 00 | Entertainment
Van Outen's Breakfast return
19 Nov 99 | Entertainment
Jay Kay: 'I will marry Denise'
10 May 00 | Entertainment
Chicago comeback for Dennis
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