Chicago (Play)

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Director: Walter Bobbie
Choreography: Ann Reinking
Music Director: Rob Fisher
Sets: John Lee Beatty
Costumes: William Ivey Long
Lighting: Ken Billington
Sound: Scott Lehrer
Original Orchestration: Ralph Burns
Dance Music Arrangements: Peter Howard
Script Adaptation: David Thompson
Musical Coordinator: Seymour Red Press
Associate Producer: Alecia Parker
Opened: 11/96 at the Richard Rodgers Theater
With: Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton, Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis and D. Sabella

Carol Rosegg
The indisputable runaway hit of the season. Witty and sophisticated, this musical spins the tale of Roxie Heart (Reinking), a woman who becomes a media darling after she murders her lover and goes on to a spectacular trial. A self-proclaimed tribute to the smart, stylish footwork of choreographer Fosse, the production never forgets the genius he brought not only to Chicago but also to Cabaret and Sweet Charity. The musical features a 13-piece jazz orchestra on stage and rollicking production numbers, led by a line of kicky chorines. Especially sizzling are “Razzle-Dazzle,” “Mister Cellophane,” “All That Jazz” and the exquisitely staged “Cell Block Tango.” Neuwirth is a talent to be reckoned with as the conniving Velma, who dreams of transforming her own notoriety into a career in the biz, while Reinking strikes a delicious chord between remorsefulness and cold-heartedness. In the midst of all the fantastic showstoppers, the musical also takes a swipe at the American justice system with an air of cynicism and humor.
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