The Story
Chicago
Music
JOHN KANDER

Lyrics
FRED EBB

Book
FRED EBB & BOB FOSSE
This musical vaudeville is based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Velma Kelly is the most famous murderess in the town of Chicago. Roxie Hart is a chorus girl who becomes famous for killing her lover. Roxie's savvy lawyer Billy Flynn creates a "Razzle Dazzle" trial that manipulates the media and makes Roxie a star. She then teams up with Velma to become singing sensations on the Vaudeville stage.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
1996 Broadway Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking lead the 1996 Broadway revival cast in a performance of 'All That Jazz' and 'Hot Honey Rag' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
My Own Best Friend
Bebe Neuwirth & Ann Reinking
1996 Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Chicago, Illinois. The 1920s are roaring with hot jazz and cold-blooded killers. As the Overture ends, we're introduced to Velma Kelly-- a vaudevillian who shot her husband and the other half of her sister act when she caught them in bed together. Velma invites us to sample All That Jazz while showing us the story of chorus girl Roxie Hart's cold-blooded murder of nightclub regular Fred Casely. Roxie convinces her husband Amos that the victim was a burglar, and he cheerfully takes the rap. Roxie expresses her appreciation in song (Funny Honey) until the police reveal to Amos that Roxie knew the burglar, shall we say, intimately, and Amos decides to let her swing for herself.

Roxie's first taste of the criminal justice system is the women's block in Cook County Jail, inhabited by Velma and other merry murderesses (Cell Block Tango). The women's jail is presided over by Matron "Mama" Morton whose system of mutual aid (When You're Good To Mama) perfectly suits her clientele. She has helped Velma become the media's top murder-of-the-week and is acting as booking agent for Velma's big return to vaudeville (after her acquittal, naturally).

Velma is not happy to see Roxie, who is stealing not only her limelight but her lawyer, Billy Flynn. Eagerly awaited by his all girl clientele, Billy sings his anthem, complete with a chorus of fandancers to prove that (quote) "All I Care About is Love." Billy takes Roxie's case and re-arranges her story for consumption by sympathetic tabloid columnist Mary Sunshine, who always tries to find A Little Bit of Good in everyone. Roxie's press conference turns into a ventriloquist act with Billy dictating a new version of the truth ("We Both Reached For the Gun") while Roxie mouths the words.

Roxie becomes the new toast of Chicago, and Velma's headlines, trial date and career are left in the dust. Velma tries to talk Roxie into recreating the sister act (I Can't Do It Alone) but Roxie turns her down, only to find her own headlines replaced by the latest sordid crime of passion. Separately, Roxie and Velma realize there's no one they can count on but themselves (My Own Best Friend), and the ever-resourceful Roxie decides that being pregnant in prison would put her back on the front page.


ACT TWO

Back after the Entr'acte, Velma cannot believe Roxie's continual run of luck (I Know a Girl) despite Roxie's obvious falsehoods (Me and My Baby). A little shy on the arithmetic, Amos proudly claims paternity and still nobody notices him, Mr. Cellophane.

Velma desperately tries to show Billy all the trick's she's got planned for her trial (When Velma Takes the Stand). Billy's forte may be showmanship (Razzle Dazzle), but when he passes all Velma's ideas on to Roxie, down to the rhinestone shoe buckles, Mama and Velma lament the demise of Class.

As promised, Billy gets Roxie her acquittal but, just as the verdict is given, some even more sensational crime pulls the pack of press bloodhounds away, and Roxie's fleeting celebrity is over. Left in the dust, she pulls herself up and extols the joys of life Nowadays. She teams up with Velma in that sister act (Nowadays), in which they dance their little hearts out (Hot Honey Rag) 'til they are joined by the entire company for the grand Finale.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer BARRY & FRAN WEISSLER, KARDANA PRODUCTIONS INC
Direction WALTER BOBBIE
Choreography ANN REINKING
Musical Director ROB FISHER
Orchestrations RALPH BURNS
Scenic Design JOHN LEE BEATTY
Costume Design WILLIAM IVEY LONG
Lighting Design KEN BILLINGTO
Sound Design SCOTT LEHRER
Cast
Velma Kelly BEBE NEUWIRTH
Roxie Hart ANN REINKING
Billy Flynn JAMES NAUGHTON
Amos Hart JOEL GREY
Matron "Mama" Morton MARCIA LEWIS
Mary Sunshine D. SABELLA
Fred Casely MICHAEL BERRESSE
Creative
Producer ROBERT FRYER & JAMES CRESSON
Direction & Choreography BOB FOSSE
Orchestrations RALPH BURNS
Musical Director STANLEY LEBOWSKY
Scenic Design TONY WALTON
Costume Design PATRICIA ZIPPRODT
Lighting Design JULES FISHER
Sound Design ABE JACOB
Cast
Velma Kelly CHITA RIVERA
Roxie Hart GWEN VERDON
Billy Flynn JERRY ORBACH
Amos Hart BARNEY MARTIN
Matron "Mama" Morton MARY McCARTHY
Mary Sunshine M. O'HAUGHEY
Fred Casely CHRISTOPHER CHADMAN
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

All That JazzVelma Kelly and Company
Funny Honey Roxie Hart
Cell Block TangoVelma Kelly and the Girls
When You're Good To MamaMatron
Tap Dance Roxie Hart, Amos Hart and Boys
All I Care About Billy Flynn and Girls
A Little Bit of GoodMary Sunshine
We Both Reached For The GunBilly Flynn, Roxie Hart, Mary Sunshine and Company
RoxieRoxie Hart and Boys
I Can't Do It AloneVelma Kelly
My Own Best FriendRoxie Hart and Velma Kelly


ACT TWO

Entr'acte The Band
I Know a GirlVelma Kelly
Me and My Baby Roxie Hart and Boys
Mister CellophaneAmos Hart
When Velma Takes the Stand Velma Kelly and Boys
Razzle Dazzle Billy Flynn and Company
Class Velma Kelly and Matron
Nowadays Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly
Hot Honey RagRoxie Hart and Velma Kelly
Finale Company

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Original Broadway Production
1996 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking lead the 1996 Broadway revival cast in a performance of 'All That Jazz' and 'Hot Honey Rag' at the Tony Awards.

All That Jazz Chita Rivera Original Broadway Cast Recording
My Own Best Friend Bebe Neuwirth & Ann Reinking 1996 Broadway Cast Recording
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