Review by Monique Thompson
The #1 longest running American musical in Broadway history, Chicago, has touched down at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.
If you’re unfamiliar with the plot, Chicago is set in Chicago, IL in the late 1920s and is about actual criminals and crimes from a former Chicago Tribune reporters accounts, all female criminals. The production puts you right into the jazz era with the sparkly costumes, hair waves, and “All That Jazz”. From the raunchy choreography to the jazz hands, Chicago serves attitude, comedy, glitz, and is an all-around crowd pleaser.
The jazz band is situated right on stage throughout the entire production and is even included in some of the satirical scenes of the show. Without all the fancy stage changes, Chicago allows all of the musicals and casts to shine with their natural talent. The dancers have plenty of sex appeal to go around and the voices are amazing!
NFL legend, Eddie George (yes that’s right), stars as the ruthless lawyer, Billy Flynn. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how in the world this 6 ft 3 in, 230+ pound former athlete can morph into a Broadway star. Well, he proves that it can be done and done well! He even has a few songs that he leads and does it well. Other standouts are the characters of Roxie, Velma, and “Mama”.
For Broadway lovers, Chicago won’t disappoint and is surely worth a ticket!