Chicago BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Paul Kolnik
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Opening Night:
November 14, 1996
Closing:
Open Ended

Theater: Ambassador Theatre / 219 West 49th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

The razzle-dazzle musical where a sensational murder trial is acted out in vaudeville specialties. The score includes "Razzle-Dazzle," "All That Jazz" and "Mister Cellophane."

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Chicago

    Even with such mesmerizing stars as Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, swell vaudeville-pastiche songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb and the acutely stylish direction and choreography of Bob Fosse, Chicago seemed too chilly . . .

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Chicago

    Any gripes about the producers of Chicago charging full-scale prices for a stripped-down show evaporate like vapors from bathtub gin the second Bebe Neuwirth & Co. open the show with a pulse-quickening rendition of "All That Jazz." This concert staging, wonderfully choreographed by Ann Reinking (with a credit to "the style of Bob Fosse"), is a bit more elaborate than when presented by City Center's Encores series in the spring, but even if it weren't, the performances, wit and sophistication of the show would more than earn a place on Broadway.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Chicago

    Broadway's busiest revolving door, better known as the nearly 10-year-old revival of Chicago, has someone new passing through: the R&B superstar with the single moniker of Usher has joined the company through October 1. The 27-year-old, baby-faced Grammy Award winner is the latest performer to wear the dapper duds of silver-tongued lawyer Billy Flynn, and while he's a good two or three decades younger than most of his predecessors, the tuxedo fits decently enough. He won't linger in the memory -- like Jerry Orbach or James Naughton -- but neither does he embarrass himself or producers Barry and Fran Weissler, who tapped him for the role.

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  • TIME REVIEW OF Chicago

    In that dicey district known as Broadway, there are no sure bets, but reviving a cherished old musical comes close. Find a Rodgers and Hammerstein gem that's been away for a while or dust off a fondly remembered piece of froth like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and nostalgic theatergoers will probably beat a path to your stage door.

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