From South Africa to Sao Paulo, to Moscow to Mexico City, it is no big surprise that Chicago has wowed spectators across the globe. It has “legs;” and not just the “eye-popping” kind. Every performance proves why this amazing musical has successfully run for more than a decade. The cast is a first-rate team of Broadway veterans who consistently receive thousands of nightly standing ovations. The musical was honoured with two Olivier and six Tony Awards, as well as a Grammy.
Chicago the Musical has everything that you could ever want in a Broadway show: A stellar cast of sultry, lean serpentine grace dancing perfectly in sync with one another; one charming song after another, namely “All That Jazz,” “All I Care About” and “Class.” It drips with innuendo, fortune and the pitfalls of fame. Moreover, who knew how much fun murder could be? It is a glamorous, highly potent and hilarious way to spend a night out on the town.
For those that have never seen Chicago the Musical, here is the dish.
Chicago is a naughty, albeit deliciously tale of Roxie Hart, the long-suffering cabaret singer. After murdering her lover, Roxie is thrown mercilessly in jail, which is ruled by Mama Morton, the cruel, bodacious prison boss. Frantic to get out, she turns to the sleazy Billy Flynn, who has a slick lawyer’s reputation for saving his rather dubious clients from sure death.
Their infamous collaboration brings the press notice they each desperately crave. Both are greedy, fame-hungry and extremely ambitious-mirrors of themselves. All goes well until another desirable, unjustly accused young girl dances in and Flynn drops Roxie like a tired, old, pair of jazz hands.
Not one to fade into the shadows; our Roxie is a force to be reckoned with. She joins forces with another murderess, Velma Kelly; together they form an act, hoping that they will fall back into the good graces of the public eye.
Chicago is as timeless today as the first time the curtain came up at the Broadway revival in 1996. Fresh, dazzling and accomplished, London is welcoming Roxie and her entertaining band of extravagant misfits with aplomb. In fact, it’s become one of London’s most popular glitz and glamour musical of all time.
Picture it. You have a racy, burlesque nightclub dancer, a sly, silver-tongued lawyer and a cellblock of swanky sinful goodness. It would be a crime to miss Chicago again, wouldn’t it?