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    Chicago at the Pantages will Razzle Dazzle Audiences

    The current production of the classic Chicago musical at the Pantages is full of show stopping dance numbers, a classic score and strong performances. With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is the second longest-running show ever to run on Broadway, behind The Phantom of the Opera. Chicago surpassed Cats on November 23, 2014, when it played its 7,486th performance. The West End revival became the longest-running American musical in West End history. The ongoing 1996 revival of Chicago is the longest-running show currently on Broadway. Chicago has been staged in numerous productions around the world, and has toured extensively in the United States and United Kingdom. The 2002 film adaptation of the musical won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

    Set in Chicago during the jazzy 1920’s, the musical tells the story of two vaudevillian murderers who are both locked up in the Cook County Jail. Velma (Kailin Brown) is serving time for the murder of both her husband and sister, after finding them together in bed, and Roxie (Katie Frieden) is in jail for killing her lover. Both actresses give wonderful performances and Brown’s dance numbers steal the show.

    Mama Morton (Illeanna Kirven), for a fee, helps both aspiring starlets get in touch with dapper lawyer Billy Flynn (Connor Sullivan) who plays the media to ensure positive coverage of the crimes and innocent verdicts. J. Terrell as Mary Sunshine provides an ovation worthy rendition of “A Little Bit of Good.”

    The band takes up most of the Pantages stage leaving a very miniscule set design and scenery. Everyone is decked out in scantily clad black which delivers a strong presence during the big dancing and singing numbers. Our audience gave standing ovations during the show to “All That Jazz,” “When You’re Good to Mama,””Mister Cellophane,” “Razzle Dazzle” and the big finale.

    It’s worth a trip to Hollywood to witness the electrifying dance numbers and catchy songs by a very strong cast. Playing now through March 24, tickets at https://www.broadwayinhollywood.com.

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    Shaena Engle
    Shaena Engle
    Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.

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    Michael Sauk
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    1 month ago

    I have seen Chicago probably 4 times including once on Broadway. I attended it last night (Friday) at the Pantages and was really disappointed. First, God bless the entire team putting on this production, it is hard work and overall the audience gave the cast great feedback. Personally, I thought the overall cast was like the “second string” on a sports team. The two main actresses voices just didn’t carry in the theatre. Then, two other cast members seemed miscast for the songs When You’re Good for MAMA and Mr. Cellophane. I realize the national touring casts are not the… Read more »

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