Chicago has left its mark on Broadway, promising to entertain its audiences with murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery--all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. Seriously though, this musical is probably a hit because all those things - which come together to form an intriguing story - combined with great, energetic music and hilarious comedy, make for a great Broadway show.
When it returned to the Great White Way a decade ago, it won 6 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical Revival of 1997. No wonder. With music by Kander and Ebb and choreographer by the magnificent Ann Reinking, this story of a crooked justice system set during the days of vaudeville is sure to keep your feet tapping. While the recent movie version of Chicago was probably responsible for the renewed interest in the theatrical version, nothing can compare to seeing this show on the big stage.
Currently starring Charlotte D’Amboise as Roxie Hart and Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, the excellent acting and singing of the cast make this an extra special treat. While this is an all-around great musical, please note that the subject matter and some of the language may not be appropriate for younger children.