“Chicago,” the musical of “murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery” swept into its namesake this week. And while that pull quote may have lost its zing after being used in 23 years of reviews, the show itself has not. Indeed, now the second-longest running musical on Broadway (still running since the 1996 revival!), the show has not lost its steam and this current tour is no exception.
The leads of Roxie and Velma (played by Dylis Croman and Lana Gordon) are in strong form and had the audience in the palm of their hands with each joke, each high note, each Fosse step. Jennifer Fouché also shines (as Maton “Mama” Morton) and seems to be particularly relishing the joy and fun of the show.
There’s also a child-like glee in seeing the show in Chicago itself, let alone at the Palace Theater, which opened in 1926 during the vaudeville era — where Sophie Tucker is even believed to have performed! (“And Sophie Tucker’ll shit, I know, to see her name get billed below. . . Roxie Hart”!)
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