Last week I saw the long-running hit revival "Chicago" on Broadway. The show recently celebrated a milestone 20th anniversary. The classic musical is the story of Velma and Roxie, two rival murderesses hungry for fame and attention during the Roaring Twenties.
Acting: Velma and Roxie are currently played by Lana Gordon and Veronica Dunne respectively, and both ladies are triple threat actresses, singers, and dancers, and nail the Fosse choreography. A real standout for me was Paul Nolan (last seen on Broadway in "Bright Star") as the smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn. I loved his rendition of classic songs such as "They Both Reached for the Gun" and "Razzle Dazzle." Also of note is the beautiful ensemble made up of Broadway vets.
Score: The iconic score is written by the legendary Kander and Ebb, one of my all-time favorite musical theatre writers. Each song perfectly reflects the vaudeville standards of the '20s, with crowd-pleasers like "The Cell Block Tango," "All That Jazz," "Mr. Cellophane," the two songs I mentioned earlier, and "Nowadays."
My Opinion: "Chicago" is the second longest-running musical of all time on Broadway, and even though the show is an audience favorite, some of the "razzle dazzle" has faded over the years. It is still a classic, and the current cast is a reason to go and see it if you haven't done so, or to make a return trip to the Ambassador Theatre. I give it 6/10 escapes!