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Chicago is a Broadway musical which first premiered in 1975. It has been written by Bob Fosse and Ebb Fosse, who have a lot of influence on the program’s dance style and musicality. The music for the show has been composed by John Kander with Fred Ebb writing the lyrics. The musical as we know it today is in fact an interpretation of a 1926 play which was written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, who was a reporter. She wrote the play about real life criminals that she had investigated in her former career. Thus the modern version also takes on injustice and corruption in administration as its basis. The “celebrity criminal” concept was brought to the popular culture through this musical. The songs and the performances themselves have also been widely appreciated over the years, but it is the intangible elements of the show that have risen to the top most effectively. If you want to see this hugely successful program for yourself, buy Chicago the Musical tickets for the upcoming production.

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When the musical first opened on Broadway in 1975, it ran 936 shows for two consecutive years. Bob Fosse personally choreographed the first shows and so his signature style was prominent throughout the program. His smooth, foxy movements, smart and jazzy were replicated by the talented cast. Singer Michael Jackson has been quite influenced by the choreographer as well, and incorporated his moves in the music videos for “Thriller” and “Bad”. Today, the musical is the longest running American play, and the third longest running international play in the history of Broadway. There have perhaps been over 6700 performances since the first staging. Chicago holds many records in West End as well. It is the longest running American show, having been on the stage for 15 consecutive years. But the musical is not just reserved for the two theatre giants. Production companies all over the world have taken a liking to Chicago. A big reason for why the show is such an international hit is because of the 2002 film of the same name which starred Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellweger. After the film won big at the Academy Awards, the play gained a global audience, enabling the Broadway production to embark on a world tour. They had a record breaking number of Chicago the Musical tickets sales that year.
One of the main reasons why Chicago was such a hit in its early days was because each character was based on a real celebrity. Since the show was about a group of performers, each was based on a star the audience knew and loved. The character Roxie is loosely based on Helen Morgan, Mama Morton somewhat takes on Sophie Tucker’s personality while Velma is seen as Texas Guinan. Moreover, many moments and the dance numbers in the musical have also been inspired by the lives of many famous actors or artists.
The jazz dance style is also very prominent in the show. The dance number “Razzle Dazzle” consisted of a double snap in the music itself; an idea that the original production team loved. Above all, people have loved the glamour that the show brings not only to the stage, but the popular culture at large. The two main characters put on 1920 showgirl dresses for “Hot Honey Rag”, short, silver and sparkly, with many tassels.
The character of Roxie Hart was modeled after Beulah Annan, who was a known criminal in 1924, accused of murdering Harry Kalstedt. It had been reported that before making the phone call to her husband, confessing her crime, she had played some foxtrot tunes on reloop. Although the charges were later on lifted, her curious case made her a well known criminal figure of the time. Similarly, Velma has been modeled after a cabaret singer, Gaertner who was a person of interest in the murder of Walter Law. His dead body was found in the trunk of his car. Maurine Dallas Watkins was the journalist who recorded both these murder cases. Her articles gained so much popularity that she ended up converting them into plays.
The concept of creating it into a musical came to Rob Fosse’s wife in the 1960s. He was able to acquire the rights for the show, and thus Chicago as we know it today came into being. With a complex plot, and interesting characters, the show has earned every right to be known as one of the best Broadway programs.

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