Come Experience “Chicago” The Way it Was Meant to Be Seen – Live!

You may think you know Chicago if you saw the 2002 film of the same name. However, Rob Marshall’s film adaptation (starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah) is really quite different from the live theatrical musical. In fact, some reviewers of the film complained that the movie felt “streamlined”, since it jettisoned some of the most popular songs of the stage play.

Chicago first debuted in 1975 and was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse of Cabaret fame. Since Bob Fosse died in 1987, and since the original Chicago production only lasted three years, this was an iconic story that deserved a reimagining for the 1990s and beyond. Enter Ann Reinking, Fosse’s protégé, who helped re-imagine the source material for an exciting and bawdy new era. Reinking not only choreographed the musical (in the style of Fosse), but also returned to the stage as Roxie Hart 20 years after first taking the role in the original production.

Fosse regular Joel Grey and Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers) starred as Amos Hart and Velma Kelly respectively, earning kudos for their performances. The new production of Chicago was a hit, and is now celebrating its 15th year of “jazz and liquor.” Not only is the show touring around the U.S., but it is also touring in the United Kingdom. Some of the most interesting celebrity names have popped up to play Chicago characters, including David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson and Michelle Williams.

It’s easy to see why Chicago so effortlessly adapted from 1970s culture to the new era. It is a musical that is cynical and subversive at heart, even as the songs are catchy and emotive. Every new production can build upon Chicago’s broadly satirical foundation; hence, the original 1970s commentary on injustice easily becomes a 2011 commentary on celebrity worship.

The latest cast for this Tony-award winning musical includes Beth Hansen as Matron Mama Morton, Gretchen Dawson as Roxie Hart, Tim Klaga as Amos and Nicole Cassesso as Velma Kelly. Nearly 6,000 performances after the new production started, Chicago is still one of the most popular and critically acclaimed musicals on tour.

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