Chicago - A Review
Hurry to the Ambassador Theatre because Chicago is bringing the same old razzle-dazzle on stage! Almost 20 years old, this show is the same hot story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery.
Chicago is the second longest-running show on Broadway after Andrew Lloyd Webber`s The Phantom of the Opera. Simple and jazzy, it is a lasting sensation that can be seen over and over again.
John Kander and Fred Ebb have created a masterpiece proving that simplicity can win the hearts of the public, as well as six Tony Awards. The Bob Fosse`s choreography is marvelous, while the live-band is stealing the show. William Ivey Long`s costumes are the opposite of lavish. Still, the black and often transparent outfits are sexual, exposing and delightful for the eye. Add a great cast and the result will be a glamorous theatrical experience!
The two leading characters Roxie Hart (played by Charlotte D`Amboise) and Velma Kelly (played by Lana Gordon) are stuck in the Cook County Jail serving their sentences and fighting for domination. The Matron “Mama” Morton (starred by NaTasha Yvette Williams) is also there to spice it up even more.
The Chicago craze has attracted a range of celebrities and Broadway veterans, who played the leading roles throughout the years. While some critics condemn this, it is essential to note that the audience loves Chicago! Set in the Windy City in the roaring 20s, this show is giving the audience what they need – class, jazz and some fancy dancing.
Let`s face it, Chicago retained its charms! It is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and there must be a reason for that!