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Play Review

Thursday, 19 May, 2011 0:46 AM

'Chicago' is a big hit at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo by Paul Kolnik

John O'Hurley "Come on, Babe!"

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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Chicago starring John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn celebrates its 13th razzle-dazzle tour at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit from May 17-22, 2011.

I had the opportunity to see the first show of the tour in Detroit, which started at 8:05 p.m. to a packed house. Set in the 1920's, the opening number was "All that Jazz" with dancers and a 15-piece orchestra with a conductor.

The scene opens with Roxie Hart (played by Tracy Shayne) who is a married housewife and nightclub dancer, being dumped by her lover, Fred Casely (played by Dan LoBuono). Then Roxie shoots him. Her husband, Amos, takes the blame saying that Fred was a burglar. Roxie ends up in jail for the murder.

Desperate to avoid conviction, Roxie hires the best lawyer in Chicago named Billy Flynn (played by John O'Hurley). Yes, he is the guy who hosted Family Feud and was on Seinfeld. His plan is to get sympathy from the press and plead self defense.

Roxie plans on reviving her vaudeville career after she gets out of jail. She uses the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, to create some spectacular headlines.

Then, there was a 20-minute intermission.

The second act began with Roxie being examined by the State Medical Doctor, which announces she is having a baby. Roxie dances to the song "Me and My Baby."

Flynn talks Amos into getting a divorce from Roxie because it is not his baby.

Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Those are the themes of this performance.

Flynn uses his finesse to razzle dazzle the jurors in the courtroom. "It's like a three-ring circus", he says. Then the courtroom drama begins.

See if Roxie got her fame as you watch her life unfold. Fame is all she really wanted.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is a worldwide phenomenon and the winner of six Tony awards including Best Musical Revival.

I enjoyed the production and would recommend it to all. I also think it is great for fans of Seinfeld or Family Feud, who can come to see their man, John O'Hurley. Make your way down to the Fisher before it ends on May 22!

Chicago is the final musical of the season at the Fisher. The 50th Anniversary of Broadway in Detroit wil kick off with Come Fly Away, which is scheduled for Sept. 13 - 25, 2011.

OVERALL RATING: A

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of CHICAGO range from $29-$75 (includes parking and facility fees) and go on sale Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets will also be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats will be available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) please call (313) 871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.

 

Photo by Paul Kolnik

The cast of Broadway's Tony award-winning hit musical CHICAGO.

 

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