Chicago is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Witkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.”
The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances until 1977. Bob Fosse also choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Following a West End debut in 1979 which ran for 600 performances, Chicago was revived on Broadway in 1996, and a year later in the West End. The West End revival ran for nearly 15 years, becoming the longest-running American musical in West End history, and it has enjoyed several tours and international productions. The Academy Award-winning 2002 film version of the musical was directed by Rob Marshall and starred Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, and Queen Latifah.
‘Murder, Greed, Corruption, Exploitation, Adultery, Treachery… In the mid 1920s in Chicago, Illinois, Velma Kelly murders both her husband and her sister when she finds them in bed together. She welcomes the audience to tonight’s show (“All that Jazz”). Meanwhile, a chorus girl called Rosie Hart also murders her lover, nightclub regular Fred Casely. Both women are both presented by lawyer Billy Flynn, the slick and manipulative lawyer keeping them from death row while promising to make them stars. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” Be razzled and dazzled by CHICAGO a true Broadway and West End classic.