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Fri, Aug 10, 2012 1:43 PM by Luke Anderson
The funniest songs, the hottest dancing, the sexiest cast and the greatest story on Broadway—no wonder Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.
Starring John O’Hurley, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. You dont have to take our word for it. We've asked a few great Twin Cities Bloggers to review the show and here is what they thought about the Show:
Mark’s Blog: http://bit.ly/1XWOk
Daniel Undem: Www.danielundem.com
Oh, Say Can you Say?: http://bit.ly/P48yPt
The Pay Bill Collector: http://on.fb.me/MZQS6J
Coffee with Brett: http://bit.ly/QNr2Xl
Cherry and Spoon: http://bit.ly/MZQkOf
Brenda Anderson: http://bit.ly/P5Ebd9
The Minneapolite: http://bit.ly/QmbO7o
Urban Sketchers: http://bit.ly/MyDZFe
PhenoMNal twin cities:http://bit.ly/MyiunP
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Wed, Aug 8, 2012 2:47 PM by Luke Anderson
Critics are buzzing about Chicago at the Ordway! Below are several local reviews from Tuesday night’s opening performance.
Star Tribune, "'Chicago' brings back razzle-dazzle," By Rohan Preston
BroadwayWorld.com, "It's All Show Business, CHICAGO Razzle-Dazzles Minneapolis," By Kristin Frosch
TCJewfolk.com, "'Chicago at Ordway Has It All...But They're Not My Aunts From Chicago," By Phil Goldman
HowWasTheShow.com, "Chicago at the Ordway," By John Olive
Twin Cities Daily Planet, "At the Ordway, 'Chicago' still has fishnet-clad legs," By Dana Hanson
Lavender Magazine, "Chicago really is All That Jazz," By Kathleen Watson
Tru Magazine, "Review of 'Chicago'," By Stephanie Allensworth
Chicago is at the Ordway through this Sunday, August 12 only. For ticket information, click here.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 1:17 PM by Hannah Arkelin
The legendary Bob Fosse outdid himself when he created CHICAGO. With numbers like “All that Jazz” and “We Both Reached for the Gun”, the Broadway sensation is a dancer’s dream!
Now it’s your turn.
From now until July 31st, send us videos of your Fosse dance moves to a CHICAGO number of your choice. If you Razzle Dazzle us, you could win two free tickets to opening night! Dance with friends or send us a solo. Just don’t forget your jazz hands!
Upload your videos to the Ordway’s Facebook Wall by Aug 1st at 5pm! Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes in length and the choreography must be to a song from CHICAGO. Winners will be chosen and notified one week prior to opening night.
Some of our staff here at the Ordway wanted to show off their own Fosse moves! Enjoy the video below and see if you can top it! Don't forget those jazz hands!
Come on, Babe! Show us what you got!
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 11:27 AM by Hannah Arkelin
CHICAGO is the number one longest running American musical in Broadway history and it all started “with a bang.”
CHICAGO: A Musical Vaudeville opened on June 3rd, 1975 and ran for 936 performances receiving mixed reviews. Directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, it was ahead of its time.
Fosse and his wife, Gwen Verdon, the 1975 Roxie Hart, had been trying for years to acquire the rights to create a musical version of the play CHICAGO written by former Chicago Tribune columnist Maurine Dallas Watkins. The talented writer had witnessed and covered the murder trials of two women in 1924- Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Accused of killing their lovers under the influence of jazz and the prohibited drink, the lovely ladies became Watkins’ Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart.
As the riveting Velma Kelly would later do in CHICAGO, Gaertner pleaded not guilty to the murder of her lover and married a car salesman named Walter Law. She claimed to have no memory of the evening’s deadly events where she had been found on the floor of her apartment- soaked in blood. Gaertner admitted she owned the gun that had been used to kill her husband, but all she had to say was, “I don’t know, I was drunk.”
In the words of Velma Kelly, “It wasn’t until later, when I was washing the blood off my hands that I even knew they were dead.”
Like the story of Chicago goes, Annan was arrested a few weeks later for killing her lover, Harry Kalstedt. Her story, much like Roxie’s, continually evolved over the weeks leading up to her trial. She even announced she was pregnant the day after another female inmate was given a life sentence for murdering her own lover. The baby became her lifeline and her reason for shooting Kalstedt. She claimed that when she revealed her pregnancy to him there was a dramatic struggle and “they both reached for the gun.”
“So I closed my eyes and I shot…to save my husband’s unborn child!”-Roxie Hart, CHICAGO
Needless to say, Annan never did give birth to the helpless baby she claimed to be bearing.
Maurine Dallas Watkins gave herself a part in her play-Mary Sunshine of the Chicago Tribune. She described the two ladies as “jazz babies” and two of the most “stylish” and “prettiest” women on Murderesses’ Row. Much like Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, Gaertner and Annan became infamous and acquired celebrity status. They were also, incidentally, acquitted by their juries who seemed to sympathize with their predicaments. The juries were also all male.
Beulah Annan died in 1928 after suffering from a mental breakdown. However, Belva Gaertner was able to attend the opening of Watkins’ incredible play in 1927 and recognized herself on stage! Gaertner died at 80 of old age in California in 1965. Watkins wrote more plays after Chicago, but she will always be best known and adored for her adaptation of the 1924 trials and the infamous mistresses of Murderesses’ Row.
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