Born of the combined efforts of musician John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago is a satire of notorious fame that has stuck the boot into corruption in the criminal justice system since it first opened on Broadway in 1975. Set in the 1940s, the iconic musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, a woman in prison for murdering her lover, who gets high on the fumes of her own morbid celebrity. Behind bars she encounters the merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail, including the cabaret glamazon Velma Kelly and corrupt Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, while hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn does his best to get her off.
In classic Vaudeville style, Chicago is raunchy, smoky, and dark. It’s a quintessentially American production but this run sees the classic jazz musical undergo a local treatment with an all-star cast of Australian performers.
Coming to QPAC in November 2019, Chicago will feature Natalie Bassingthwaigthe in the role of the fame-hungry Roxie, Alinta Chidzey as the calculating Velma, and Casey Donovan as gutsy Mama. Anyone with even a passing interest in theatre needs to get around this. Tickets go on sale this Friday, so block out the morning and make sure you nab a couple of stubs because this run it tipped to be sell out quick.
Tickets are on sale now, so head over to the QPAC site for more information.
What: Chicago The Musical
Where: Lyric Theatre QPAC
When: from 2 November 2019
How much: from $60-$170, available here.
Image credit: Chicago The Musical