Who can forget Renee Zelwegger as ROXIE HART or Catherine Zeta Jones as VELMA KELLY (she won a Best Supporting Actress award at the Oscars) in the movie adaptation of the hit broadway musical CHICAGO? And yes, Richard Gere was there too. He played the conniving, manipulative and duplicitous lawyer Billy Flynn. I love that movie!
Well, last December 3, I was fortunate to be invited to the gala show of CHICAGO at The Theatre of Solaire Resort and Casino. The longest running American musical has finally come to Manila! Set in the 1920’s , the story revolves around greed, ambition, revenge, self-gratification and ultimately hope. Roxie shoots her lover, ends up in jail where Velma Kelly is (a has-been performer who killed her sister and husband after catching them doing the “spread eagle”), meets Billy Flynn (who makes her the talk of the town for $5000), uses her mouse-of-a-husband Amos to further her case and gets acquitted and forgotten all in the same day.
My favorite number is the cell block tango.
Did you know that some of Hollywood’s elite have played characters from the hit musical?
Photos were not allowed to be taken inside the theatre.
THE BQP MEETS THE CAST OF CHICAGO
Truthfully, I kept on comparing the musical to the movie. I was expecting for at least a change in the set but there was only one setting used. The high rise stage where the musicians and the conductor stayed served as the backdrop all throughout. The performances were very solid, the actors adept and my god– was I envious of the hard rock bodies of the dancers!
You can catch Chicago at Solaire Resort and Casino until December 21.