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‘Chicago’ commemorates 25 razzle dazzle years; performance Tuesday

Posted 10/2/22

After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping song.

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‘Chicago’ commemorates 25 razzle dazzle years; performance Tuesday

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UTICA — After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and some of the most astonishing dancing ever seen.

Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Utica, “Chicago” plays for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at The Stanley Theatre, 261 Genesee St. Tickets are available now at the Stanley box office at 259 Genesee St., by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling 315-724-4000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 315-624-9444.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, “Chicago” is the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.

Set amidst the razzle dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

It’s no surprise that “Chicago” has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Over the last 25 years, the show has been seen in 36 different countries and by 33 million people worldwide and now it’s coming to Utica.

Time Magazine calls it “a triumph;” Newsweek raves it is “smashing;” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by saying “Chicago” is “Broadway’s most electrifying show.”

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