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Chicago

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Music by John Kander

A sharp-edged satire about our society’s fascination with criminal celebrities

April 12 - 15, 2012

Department of Musical Theatre

Power Center


Overview

The Story: Based on a 1926 play that chronicled actual events during the decadence of the Roaring Twenties, Chicago is the tale of chorus girl Roxie Hart who murders her lover, sets up her husband, and manipulates her way into stardom with the assistance of a slick criminal lawyer who transforms her crime into sensational headlines. Roxie vies with her rival cellmate and fellow murderess Velma Kelly to become the darlings of the media and stage sensations.

Background: Premiering on Broadway in 1975, Chicago garnered ten Tony Award-nominations. However, it was the 1996 revival that really gave the musical its legs – winning six Tony’s and five Drama Desk Awards. In March 2011, already the longest running revival on Broadway, the show became the fifth longest running production in Broadway history, having played for over 5,960 performances. Kander and Ebb’s score features some of their best-known songs, including “All That Jazz,” “Mr. Cellophane,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Full of murderous mayhem, sharp-edged satire about our society’s fascination with criminal celebrities, and stylized dance, Chicago is so entertaining that it is almost criminal.



 

Chicago graphic Artistic Staff

Director/Choreographer Linda Goodrich
Music Director Cynthia Kortman Westphal
Scenic Designer Andrea Bechert
Costume Designer Jessica Hahn
Lighting Designer

Rob Murphy,

Mary Clare Blake-Booth

Sound Designer Jim Lillie
Stage Manager

Carolyn Reich


Resources

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Photos

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Program

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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