Thursday, October 10, 2013

Broadway's touring production of CHICAGO hits the Broward Center for the Performing ARts


CHICAGO is one of those wonderful shows that can be seen again and again. I was fortunate to see the original cast of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera do the show on Broadway when I was quite young. Those two ladies were dynamite performers but I must say that I prefer the new streamlined production that has been playing New York since it opened in 1996. Apparently I’m not the only one that prefers this production as it won a total of 12 Tony Awards while the original production only earned one such award. Last night I saw the current touring production of CHICAGO at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This production did not feature any stars playing the starring roles however the two actress/singer/dancers portraying the roles of Roxie Hart and Velma Kellly were excellent. The actor receiving the most applause upon his entrance was John O’Hurley, best known for his role on Seinfield and hosting the game show Family Feud, who played and cool and capable Billy Flynn. CHICAGO, known as a dancer’s show, was originally conceived by the late great Bob Fosse and this version is indeed a dancer’s show. The dancers are not only great dancers but are fine specimens with beautifully chiseled bodies, both men and women, displayed in skimpy costumes. The dancers do more than dance, playing a variety of characters and providing backup for the musical numbers of the stars. Without going on and on, I will end by saying that this production of CHICAGO is packed with razzle-dazzle and filled with “all that jazz.” If you’re a fan of musical theatre this is one classic not to miss and this production is top notch. Note: I’m not a theatre critic but occasionally feel the need to rant about shows that I enjoy. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave  Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-5334.
John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn
Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly 

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