First performed in 1975, the musical Chicago is based on the play by the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Chicago is a dark but entertaining tale that will definitely have you entrapped with the performers when you travel with your New York car rentals company AAMCAR Discount Car Rentals. The catchy songs of Chicago will have you dancing in your seats with your New York car rentals company AAMCAR Discount Car Rentals.
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Based on real life events Chicago follows the story of accused murderess’ model Roxy Hart and cabaret singer Velma. The real life Roxy, Annan was accused of the murder of Harry Kalstedt. After his murder Annana listened to the foxtrot record “Hula Lou” for over two hours before calling her husband. She was found not guilty on May 25, 1924. The character of Velma was based on Gaertner who was acquitted on June 6, 1924 for the death of Walter Law who was found slumped over a steering wheel of Gaertner’s abandoned car. A bottle of gin and a automatic pistol was found in the car and two police officers testified that they heard shots and saw a woman leave right after.
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Chicago began as a play which was based on real life events recorded by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. The columns on the two trials gained such popularity that she decided to turn it into a play. It was Gwen Verdon who read the play and with her husband Bob Fosse believed the Chicago would make a great musical. Bob Fosse approached Dallas Watkins for her permission to adapt the play into a musical but was denied. Fosse would ask Dallas Watkins several more times before the rights of Chicago were given to Verdon and Fosse after the death of Dallas Watkins in 1969. The play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins was then in turn turned into a musical after numerous rejections. The book version of Chicago was written by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebbe, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.
Opening night for Chicago happened on June 3, 1975 with mixed reviews. Audiences were uncomfortable with the plays interpretation on how society turns criminals into celebrities. Unfortunately, the show opened up the same year as Michael Bennet’s A Chorus Line surpassing Chicago in ticket sales and at the Tony Awards. Things got a turn for the worst when Gwen Verdon who played the part of Roxie Hart inhaled a feather resulting in a throat infection. The future of Chicago was looking grim for Chicago and it only lasted until 1977.
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Barry and Fran Weissler brought the Chicago musical to Broadway on November 14, 1996. It made record gain in recovering its initial costs partially because of the simple set and minimal and black costumes. Unlike its predecessor however, Chicago on Broadway won rave reviews winning 7 Tonys for Best Musical Revival, Best Actress for Bebe Neuwirth, Best Actor for James Naughton, Best Choreography for Ann Reinking, Best Costume Design for William Ivey Long, Best Lighting Design for Ken Billington and Best Director for Walter Bobbie.
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Chicago on Broadway
219 W. 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (212) 239 – 6200