CHICAGO the Musical Paints the Town at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.


CHICAGO and ‘All That Jazz’ delights Chicago audiences.

Chicago, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Hurry, if you want to see the touring production of CHICAGO at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre–as it is here today and gone after Sunday, June 12.  This quintessential hometown fav brings the razzle-dazzle decadence of Chicago’s 1920’s to life in a sophisticated, sexy new incarnation under the watchful eye of director Scott Faris and choreographer Gary Chryst. 

The CHICAGO revival retains the spirit of the Fosse original with the picture perfect recipe for commercial success–greed,
corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery–in tact.  The original CHICAGO which opened  to rave reviews on Broadway back in 1996, continues to wow audiences near and far.  CHICAGO has become the
longest-running musical revival to play Broadway. It was also made into a successful movie in 2002 with Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.   

The current revival, on stage in Chicago, is a solid production. The cast selection is right on-target with headliner John O’Hurley
(Seinfeld, Broadway and more) seducing the audience with his song and dance routines as the suave criminal lawyer/spin doctor
Billy Flynn–a master of dupe.  The extremely talented dancer and actress Tracy Shayne is a perfect pick for housewife/nightclub dancer turned murderer, Roxie Hart.  Shayne meets her match with her publicity-seeking competitor, co-star Terra C. MacLeod. MacLeod is one of the best Velmas that I have seen.  She’s brash, she’s passionate, energetic, sexy and has flawless timing. Other standouts include Ron Orbach as the dorky Amos Hart whose electric performance of Mr. Cellophane “you can look right through me” sizzled throughout the theater–bringing down the house.   Roz Ryan as Matron “Mama” Morton was delightful.   The male ensemble consisted of an outstanding group of talented dancers and step-perfect choreography. The unpretentious staging featured minimal scenery giving the special effects, lighting and costumes a chance to dazzle.  As in past productions the outstanding orchestra was on the stage as part of the show.    

Check out this number with John O’Hurley.

If audience reaction is any indication of a successful production–this
show gets a 10. A full house was on-hand for last night’s
opening–hooting, cheering and applauding their appreciation of one
show-stopping number after another.

Tickets and Information.
Tickets are on sale from $30 to $95 at the Broadway in Chicago box offices at 24 W. Randolph St.; 151 W. Randolph St.; 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut or by phone at 800 775 2000 and online at  The Oriental Theatre is located in the heart of Chicago’s Theater district at 24 W. Randolph St. (between State St. and Dearborn).  Running time is 2 hours and 24 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.

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