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‘Chicago’ on the Nationwide is as splendiferous as ever


Kander and Ebb’s Chicago is a kind of timeless reveals that falls beneath the class of: “If it ain’t broke, don’t repair it.”  Initially directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, Chicago opened on Broadway in 1975. Now the present’s 1996 revival is celebrating its twenty fifth 12 months operating, sustaining path by Walter Bobbie, and Fosse-inspired choreography by Ann Reinking. And the manufacturing is as splendiferous as ever.

Nationwide Theatre’s Broadway on the Nationwide is presently internet hosting the touring manufacturing of Chicago by way of November 27. The reside orchestra is scorching. The performers are beautiful. And the vibe is completely titillating.

Logan Floyd as Velma Kelly and Firm in ‘Chicago.’ Picture by Jeremy Daniel.

Logan Floyd performs the sassy and resilient Velma Kelly, beginning off the present with the spicy “All That Jazz.” Proper from the beginning, it’s clear that the solid is on hearth. Their precision and enthusiasm are a scrumptious factor to observe, even for those who’ve seen the present one million instances. 

Velma’s frenemy Roxy Hart is performed by the exuberant Katie Frieden. Frieden nails the spoiled naivete of Roxy with extra ego than mind. She gushes over her devoted hubby, Amos (Brian Kalinowski), as he makes an attempt to take the autumn for her in “Humorous Honey” till the reality of her infidelity is revealed and he activates her.

However Frieden actually shines in her “Roxie” quantity, when she revels within the fame she has achieved, lastly getting her title within the headlines. Frieden’s Fosse fierceness paired along with her entourage of Boys (Lincoln Bedford, Tony Carruba, Ed Gotthelf, Robert Garris aka Shapiro, Tal Kedem, Jordan Vasquez, and Asher Van Meter) within the quantity is delightfully salacious in all the best methods.

Kalinowski’s Amos is heartbreaking however within the self-deprecating, comedic means that’s the tone of Chicago. His rendition of “Mr. Cellophane” has all of the feels of an abused pet that you just simply wish to scoop into your arms and hug away the damage.

Certainly one of my favourite numbers of the present has all the time been “Cell Block Tango.” Stuffed with tongue-in-cheek “true” accounts of the Murderesses’ deceased husbands and lovers, riddled with rage. And this sultry group of Murderesses didn’t disappoint. Floyd’s Velma, together with June (Jess Diforte), Annie (Jasmine Janae), Mona (Evy Vaughan), Liz (Megan Campbell), and Hunyak (Liz Lester) stomp, kick, and viciously emote the hell out of the quantity.

Christina Wells as Matron “Mama” Morton in ‘Chicago.’ Picture by Jeremy Daniel.

Christina Wells performs Matron “Mama” Morton with the proper mixture of compassion and 0 bullshit tolerance. She tells it like it’s in “When You’re Good to Mama” and performs the mom hen in stilettos with a swap delightfully.  

Wells and Floyd have a playful power, every with their very own degree of admiration for the opposite. This connection is greatest seen within the wonderful quantity lamenting the departure of “Class” in society. There’s nothing extra hilarious than two corrupt broads sitting and commiserating concerning the fall of fine manners. Floyd and Wells work seamlessly off each other, and their ironic tune lands completely with ecstatic laughter and applause with the ultimate, uber-classy line of “Holy shit, what a disgrace. What turned of sophistication?”

Taking part in the charming Billy Flynn is Jeff Brooks. The silver-tongued lawyer is launched in first-class style, surrounded by stunning girls impatiently awaiting his arrival and later framing him with the basic, attractive white feather followers as he sings “All I Care About.” Brooks does a wonderful job skirting the road between clean talker and smarmy snake. 

Jeff Brooks as Billy Flynn and Firm in ‘Chicago.’ Picture by Jeremy Daniel.

“We Each Reached for the Gun” is one other standout quantity (Who am I kidding? They’re all standout). The choreo on this quantity is extremely interwoven and complex however the ensemble hits each beat with flawless execution. The result’s a mesmerizing scene of managed chaos that Brooks’ Flynn conducts with glee. 

And I need to point out G. A. James as Mary Sunshine. Lord the pipes on that lady. 

Broadway on the Nationwide’s Chicago is a implausible manufacturing of Kander and Ebb’s basic musical about our society’s obsession with debauchery, sensationalism, and fame. And the present solely will get higher with age as we’re nonetheless a society steeped in infatuation with the morally wicked. 

Katie Frieden as Roxy Hart and Firm in ‘Chicago.’ Picture by Jeremy Daniel.

Is it a tragic state for mankind {that a} present, primarily based on a play of the identical title by Maurine Dallas Watkins centered across the 1924 homicide trials she reported on, nonetheless finds its sensationalism and glorification of crime and homicide relatable in the present day in 2022? Positive. But when we are able to’t step again and giggle, realizing our personal absurdity, what actually is the purpose of all of it? 

And theater, as all the time, is a spot of reflection, commentary, experimentation, and expectation, satisfying the pleasures of sight, sound, and feeling suddenly. What we take away from that have, and the way we transfer ahead, is completely as much as us. So take pleasure in a guilt-free journey into the nefarious world of Chicago, rife with intercourse and lies. Then go dwelling and take a chilly bathe.

Chicago is advisable for ages 13 and older. Tickets vary from $55 to $125.

Working Time: Roughly two hours half-hour, together with one intermission.

Chicago performs by way of November 27, 2022, on the Nationwide Theatre situated at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. Tickets ($55–$125) can be found on-line or by calling the field workplace at (202) 628-6161.

COVID Coverage: Masks are strongly advisable however not required for all ticket holders. For full COVID protocol, go right here.

Solid: LOGAN FLOYD (Velma Kelly), KATIE FRIEDEN (Roxie Hart), JEFF BROOKS (Billy Flynn), BRIAN KALINOWSKI (Amos Hart), CHRISTINA WELLS (Matron “Mama” Morton), G. A. JAMES (Mary Sunshine), MICHELLE ATTARDO (Swing/Dance Captain), LINCOLN BELFORD (Aaron/Amos Hart Understudy), CATE BENIOFF (Swing), MEGAN CAMPBELL (Liz/Matron “Mama” Morton Understudy), TONY CARRUBBA (Courtroom Clerk/Physician/Mary Sunshine Understudy), JESS DIFORTE (June/Velma Kelly Understudy), ROBERT GARRIS AKA SHAPIRO (Sergeant Fogarty/Martin Harrison), ED GOTTHELF (Fred Casely), JASMINE JANAE (Annie), TAL KEDEM (Harry), LIZ LESTER (Hunyak), CHASE MCFADDEN (Swing/Dance Captain), SAMMY TUCHMAN (Go-to-Hell-Kitty), ASHER VAN METER (The Decide/Billy Flynn & Fred Casely Understudy), JORDAN VASQUEZ (Bailiff/The Jury), EVY VAUGHAN (Mona/Roxie Hart Understudy)

Orchestra: Conductor- Cameron Blake Kinnear, Drums- Jason Chafatelli

Native Musicians: Reed 1- Andy Axelrad; Reed 2- Ed Walters; Reed 3- Chris Reardon; Trumpet 1/Flugel- Craig Taylor; Trumpet 2- Kenny Rittenhouse; Trombone- Joe Jackson; Guitar- Gerry Kunkel; Tuba/Bass- Arnold Gottlieb; Piano- Jacob Kidder

Manufacturing Staff: Music, E book/Lyrics- John Kander & Fred Ebb; E book- Bob Fosse; Unique Director- Walter Bobbie; Unique Choreographer- Ann Reinking, Set Design- John Lee Beatty; Costume Designer- William Ivey Lengthy; Lighting Designer- Ken Billington; Sound Design- Scott Lehrer; Re-creation of Unique Manufacturing Course- Tania Nardini; Re-creation of Unique Choreography- Gary Chryst; Resident Director/Assistant Choreographer- Camden Loeser; Script Adaptation- David Thompson; Music Supervision- Robert Billig; Music Coordinator- JP Meyer; Music Director- Cameron Blake Kinnear; Tour Reserving Company- The Reserving Group; Resident Firm Supervisor- Marc Ciemiewicz; Tour Firm Supervisor- Timothe Bittle; Casting- Stewart/Whitley; Affiliate Producer- Lauren L. Sobon; Govt Producer- William T. Prather; Producer- Apex Touring, Manufacturing Stage Supervisor- Bethany Sortman, Dance Music Preparations- Peter Howard; Vocal Preparations- Rob Fisher

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