Since its 1975 creation, Kander and Ebb's musical Chicago has beguiled us with sex, violence, and sleaze, its conspiratorial whispers about celebrity lust and media manipulation fueled from the beginning by the real-life details of its story.
Bianca Marroquin and company in
Begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13
(and runs through Aug. 24)
Chicago doesn't actually need the extra ink it might have gained by casting a boy-toy idol and Broadway luminaries; its white-hot jazz dance and stinging lyrics speak for themselves, and its knowing comedy is more timely than ever. It's easy to imagine Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, the original Velma and Roxie who murdered their men in the 1920s and inspired reporter Maurine Watkins to write a comedy based on the ensuing media circus, defending themselves on Jerry Springer. Maybe the show's creators were prescient; maybe, in the parlance of the play itself, we had it coming.