Why See Chicago - The Musical?
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A Broadway phenomenon since its inception in 1975, Chicago puts the BAD in, well, bad-ass dames. A scorching musical satire on celebrity and crime, Chicago is a fearless portrayal of the pursuit of infamy that could ring true in any decade. Set in 1920s Jazz Age Chicago, the tale focuses on two women both accused of murdering their paramours and their insidious journey to freedom, justice be damned. With original songs that have become Broadway standards, the world's longest musical revival is currently high-kicking its way across North American on tour, coming to Baton Rouge River Center Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA, Closed March 22, 2017, so break out the fishnet gloves, tap shoes and practise your jazz hands!
The name on everybody's lips is gonna be....?
Velma Kelly is a glamorous cabaret performer awaiting trial for the murder of her philandering husband and twin sister in Cook County Jail. Having grown used to her infamy and celebrity status as the 'wronged woman' she is furious when she finds herself upstaged by a seemingly innocent ingenue, chorus girl Roxie Hart, a firstly timid but later ambitious go-getter who threatens Velma's carefully cultivated limelight. With an equally ambitious and money-minded lawyer, Billy Flynn, the two women embark on a cold war of sorts, upstaging each other to reclaim the public's love, and to escape the hangman's noose.
This starts a battle over the charismatic Flynn's attentions, which Velma and Roxie must compete to get themselves off death row and onto the stage where they believe their infamy will draw in the crowds. Throw into the mix a corrupt prison warden called Mama Morton, who accepts money in exchange for privileges, and the action behind bars heats up whilst their fellow prisoners are left to fend for themselves at the mercy of the public defenders. Will they both escape the executioner? Or will their bickering prevail in sending them both to the gallows instead of the vaudeville stage?
The truth behind the legend
As outrageous as the story appears, it was in fact inspired by the 1926 play of the same name, and based on the records of court reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins of the high-profile trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gareter for the Chicago Tribune. The state's press and public were immediately enamoured of the sensationalist reporting, making the women into celebrities overnight and changing attitudes whilst the Jazz Age freed women from previous societal bounds.
Performance date: 22 March 2017
Chicago may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted.
Two hours 30 minutes with one 15-minute intermission
Cast and Creative
Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart
Brandy Norwood as Roxie Hart (Washington engagement only)
Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly
Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn
John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn (Detroit engagement only)
Eddie George as Billy Flynn (Los Angeles Engagement only)
Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart
Roz Ryan as Matron 'Mama' Morton
D.Ratell as Mary Sunshine
Nicole Benoit as Go-To-Hell Kitty
Thomas Bevan as Bailiff/Court Clerk/understudy Amos Hart
Christophe Caballero as Swing/Dance Captain
Taylor P. Conant as June/understudy Velma Kelly
Seth Danner as Harry/Martin Harrison
Lauren Gemelli as Liz/understudy Velma Kelly/understudy Mama Morton
Brent Heuser as Fred Casely/understudy Billy Flynn
Aurore Joly as The Hunyak
Nathan Keen as Swing
Anthony LaGuardia as Aaron
Chris LeBeau as Doctor/Judge/understudy Amos Hart
Jennifer Mathie as Swing
Shina Ann Morris as understudy Mama Morton
Jasond Thomas as Sgt. Fogarty, understudy Fred Casely
Tug Watson as Jury Member
Jesse Wildman as Mona/understudy Roxie Hart
John Kander and Fred Ebb (Music ; Book / Lyrics)
(Co-Author, Original Director)
Walter Bobbie (Director)
Ann Reinking (Choreographer)
John Lee Beatty (Set Design)
William Ivey Long (Costume Designer)
1997 TONY AWARDS
Best Musical Revival
Best Director (Walter Bobbie)
Best Choreographer (Ann Reinking)
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)
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)
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