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The musical, considered too dark when it failed in 1975, today seems right in keeping with hard-learned cynicism about the American justice system.
No musical conjures up quite the same combination of intrigue, drama and sex appeal as Chicago does, a formula that's taken the hit production around the world from Toronto to Tokyo, since its premiere on Broadway in 1975. Set in the roarings 1920s, this tale of two beautiful criminals - Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly - comes alive through daring dance, sensational costumes and a pinch of Razzle Dazzle.
Chicago the Musical has picked up countless awards in its over 35 year lifespan, including Tony awards, Drama Desk, Olivier awards, and even a Grammy. The original Broadway production ran at the 46th Street Theatre for two years before closing. It was brought back to life on Broadway in 1996 when this revival opened almost twenty years later.
It's the Prohibition Era in Chicago, and if alcohol bans and curfews weren't already causing enough trouble, beautiful singer Roxie Hart has gone and landed herself in a whole heap more by murdering her lover, Fred Casely. She's able to lay the blame on her thick-skulled husband for a short time - but the truth eventually comes out and she finds herself behind bars at the Cook County Jail, where she now has to answer to Matron "Mama" Morton.
In the same cell block, former Vaudeville performer Velma Kelly isn't very impressed with Roxie's arrival. Not only is she stealing her limelight (carefully built up by Mama Morton who moonlight's as Velma's PR agent) but she might just be stealing the attentions of her lawyer, Billy Flynn, too.
The plot of Chicago is loosely based on the true story of murderers Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, who were both tried in Chicago in 1924. A female journalist who covered their trials subsequently wrote a play which formed the basis for the musical.
Previews from: 23 October 1996
Opening night: 14 November 1996
Chicago may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Ambassador Theater.
Two hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission
34 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)
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