Review: ‘Chicago the Musical’ is entertaining at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

"Chicago" Jeff Brooks and Company - Photo ©Jeremy Daniel

Detroit — Chicago is in Detroit.  “Chicago the Musical”, that is, which is celebrating 25 years on Broadway and playing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit  from March 28 – April 2, 2023.  Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, the musical still has its razzle dazzle.  From greed, murder, corruption, adultery and violence, yes its got it all.

“Chicago” takes place in Chicago, Illinois during the Roaring 20’s as a showgirl, Roxie Hart (Katie Frieden) tries to achieve fame and fortune by any means.  Along with being a nightclub dancer, she is also a housewife, as she murders her lover when he threatens to walk out on her. 

The trial is set as Billy Flynn (Jeff Brooks), her lawyer, tries to defend her.  To avoid conviction, she fakes being pregnant and tells the jury that it was self-defense.  Upon hearing her innocence, she is upset that her picture wasn’t in the newspaper.  No fame for her.  Uh-oh.

There were lots of show-stopping tunes as their first musical number was “All That Jazz” along with other songs such as:  “When You’re Good to Mama,” “Me and My baby,” and “Razzle Dazzle.”

By the way, the costumes, or lack there of, were fantastic and reflect the era of the 20’s.  The theatre was also packed on all three levels.  The musical was very entertaining with lots of singing and dancing and I highly recommend it.

There was a 15-minute intermission between the Acts.

Performance times for “Chicago” at the Fisher Theatre located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI are:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.     
  • Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.     
  • Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $30 (includes facility & parking fee) and are now on sale at, by phone at 800-982-2787 and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

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