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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."

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Why See Chicago - The Musical?

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An intoxicating mix of murder, sex and razzle dazzle, Chicago is Broadway at its most iconic. A winking satire of celebrity culture, it's the tale of two beautiful criminals in the Roaring Twenties who plan to get away with murder by putting on one hell of a show. Known for its slinky Bob Fosse choreography, lacey costumes and finger-clicking score, Chicago will show you a good time.

Debuting on Broadway in 1975, Chicago was initially overshadowed by the year's other big musical, A Chorus Line, but is now firmly established as one of the Great White Way's most instantly recognisable shows. It's Broadway's longest-running ever American musical, and was turned into an Oscar winning movie in 2002, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.

What is Chicago About?

It's Prohibition Era in Chicago and vaudeville performer Velma Kelly is stuck behind bars in the Cook County Jail, awaiting trial for murdering her cheating husband and sister. Fortunately she has Billy Flynn on her defense team, a famed lawyer with a perfect track record, and a master at manipulating public opinion in favor of his clients. Everything is looking rosy until Roxie Hart turns up. Accused of killing her lover, Roxie is a fame hungry wannabe, who immediately sets about stealing both Velma's limelight, and her lawyer.

Each battling for their 15 minutes of fame, the women go head to head in the race to become Chicago's most notorious criminal, and escape the rope.

Did you know?

Chicago is inspired by the true story of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, two women who were tried for murder, and acquitted, in Chicago in 1924. Maurice Dallas Watkins, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, covered their sensational trials, and later turned their stories into the play upon which the musical is based.

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Dates

Previews from: 23 October 1996

Performance date: 14 November 1996

Audience

Chicago may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Ambassador Theater.

Run time

Two hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Brandy Norwoord as Roxie Hart until Aug 31
Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly
Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart
Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn
R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine
NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mama Morton
Donna Marie Asbury as June
Nicole Bridgewater as  Liz
Jessica Ernest as Go-to-hell Kitty
Robyn Hurder as Mona
James T. Lane as Martin Harrison
J. Loeffelholz as Standyby Mary Sunshine
Barrett Martin as Bailiff/Court Clerk
Gabrielle McClinton as Annie
Peter Nelson as Sergeant Fogarty
Brian O'Brien as Fred Casely
Denny Paschall as Aaron
Jason Patrick Sands as Doctor/Judy
Michael Scirrotto as Harry/The Jury
Tonya Wathen as Hunyak

 

 
Ensemble - David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Sharon Moore and Brian Spitulnik

Creative

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Produced by Alecia Parker
Choreographed by Ann Reinking, in the style of Bob Fosse
Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty
Costume Design by William Ivey Long
Lighting Design by Ken Billington
Sound Design: Scott Lehrer
Orchestrations: Ralph Burns
Script Adaptation: David Thompson
Dance Music Arrangements: Peter Howard
Musical Coordinator: Seymour Red Press

Awards

1997 TONY AWARDS
Best Musical Revival
Best Director (Walter Bobbie)
Best Choreographer (Ann Reinking)
Best Actress (Bebe Neuwirth)
Best Actor (James Naughton)
Best Lighting Design (Ken Billington)

1998 GRAMMY AWARD
Best Musical Show Album (RCA Victor-Produced by Jay David Saks)

1997 DRAMA DESK AWARDS
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Walter Bobbie)
Outstanding Choregraphy (Ann Reinking)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Joel Grey)

THE NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
A special award to the cast and creative team of CHICAGO for distinguished contribution to the Broadway season.

THE OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Walter Bobbie)
Outstanding Choreography (Ann Reinking)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Joel Grey)

DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD
Distinguished Performance Award to Bebe Neuwirth

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