By Taylor Roberts
Prepare to be razzle-dazzled when the national tour of Chicago, the longest-running American Broadway musical, hits The Lincoln Center stage April 18–20.
A brassy satire of celebrity culture, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a wannabe nightclub singer who gets a taste of fame after murdering her lover. Enter the circus that is 1920s Chicago as Roxie dupes not only the public and the media, but her husband and fellow cellmates with a barrage of bizarre and sensational headlines that only make her fans love her more.
“The story is timeless,” says Jennifer Fouché, who plays Matron “Mama” Morton. “We’re living in the same kind of environment as the characters where everyone is consumed by or obsessed with celebrity—whether people want it, have it or are fascinated by it.”
The recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great—a universal tale of fame and fortune and show-stopping musical numbers.
“Chicago is such an iconic show,” says Fouché. “People know the music, even if they haven’t seen it, and get excited from the moment they hear the introduction of ‘All That Jazz.’”
While the musical is a stand-alone hit, the Academy Award-winning film by the same name has also compelled audiences to experience the show live.
“It’s always interesting when people see the movie then the musical and compare the differences, but people typical tell us they enjoy the musical even more,” says Fouché. “You can’t beat a live orchestra.”
Along with a live orchestra on stage, audiences can expect to experience the same production—costumes, set pieces and music—that has wow Broadway audiences since Chicago’s revival in 1996.
“The production is so clean and compact.” says Fouché. “The way the Broadway revival was produced really allows for the actors to connect with the audience to tell the story.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic Broadway story of murder, greed, corruption…and all the jazz. Seats from $25 at LCtix.com.