Seeking fame, fortune and the spotlight are tricky endeavors, especially if your claim to notoriety is murder. Come meet Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart who are competing for the same front-page headlines. With a lot of “razzle-dazzle,” these two femme fatales will sing and dance their way into your heart, just be sure there’s no pistol tucked among their prancing parts.
As Broadway’s longest running revival and winner of six Tony Awards, plus being a smash movie hit, “Chicago” will be taking deadly aim at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts for five performances only from tonight to Sunday, October 28.
With Christy Brinkley starring as Roxie Hart, this musical created by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with choreography by Ann Reinking, in the style of Bob Fosse, is stuffed with glitz and glamour. Based on a true story set back in 1924 Chicago, the show features two legendary beauties who are charged with murder and the less-than-scrupulous lawyer who is hired to keep them from the electric chair.
While both ladies enlist the favor of Mama Morton, the jail’s accommodating matron, Roxie has the added benefit of the support of her faithful husband Amos, who sings a wonderful song that expresses how he feels about himself, “Mr. Cellophane” Other great numbers are “All That Jazz,” “Reciprocity” and “We Both Reached for the Gun,” where the lawyer Billy plays ventriloquist to Roxie’s dummy.
For tickets ($20-69), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org. Performances are tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Be electrified by this 2400 watt sparkler of a musical, with mayhem and murder front and center on the marquee.