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, so break out the fishnet gloves, tap shoes and practise your jazz hands!
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?
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.
Opening night: 5 March 2020
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
Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart
Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly
Peter Lockyer as Billy Flynn
Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart
Jennifer Fouche as Matron 'Mama' Morton
D.Ratell as Mary Sunshine
Kate Wesler as Go-To-Hell Kitty/ understudy Roxie and Velma
Deon Ridley as Bailiff/Court Clerk/understudy Billy Flynn
Christophe Caballero as Swing/Dance Captain
Lani Corson as June/understudy Velma Kelly
Seth Danner as Harry/Martin Harrison
Monica Woods as Liz
Andrew Eckert as Fred Casely
Arian Keddell as Annie
Alexa Jane Lowis as Hunyak/understudy Mama Morton
Grant Paylor as Swing
Anthony LaGuardia as Aaron
Taylor Collins as Doctor/Judge
Charity van Tassel as Swing
Kyle Dupree as Sgt. Fogarty
Matthew Winnegge as Jury Member/understudy Amos Hart
Alida Michal as Mona/understudy Velma Kelly
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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