Chicago

Velma

Background:

    Chicago (1996 production) is the longest-running musical revival and American musical in Broadway history with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The original producted premiered in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances until its closing date in 1977. It later debuted in the West End in 1979, where it ran for 600 performances, and once more again in 1996.

Synopsis:

     The musical Chicago is based on a play by repoprter and playwright Maurine Dallas Watkinds, who was assigned to cover the 1924 trials of accussed murdereds Beaulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for the Chicago Tribune. Set in the legendary city during the roaring 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival murderesses locked up in the Cook County Jail. Nightclub sensation, Velma, murders her philandering husband who cheats with her sister. In comes driven chorus girl, Roxie Hart, who is thrown in the joint for killing the lover she has been cheating on her loyal husband with. Velma enlists the city's most skilled lawyer, Billy Flynn, and prison matron Mama Morton, who transform her incarceration into the media's hottest frenzy. But Roxie has a plan of her own to do just the same. Known for its unique choreography and risque musical numbers, Chicago is one of American theatre's most beloved musicals.

1996 Revival Production "Chicago: The Musical" Songs:

    


Gallery from Various Broadway Performances of Chicago:

Chicago Broadway Production Velma

Amra-Fae Wright, Chicago Veteran, as 'Velma Kelly' on Broadway.

Chicago on Broadway All that Jazz

Musical Performance of the infamous 'All That Jazz'

Chicago Bob Fosse on Broadway

Chicago dancers illustrating Bob Fosse's staple 'jazz hands.'

Chicago on Broadway

Group Musical Number featuring Chicago's Ensemble.

Chicago on Broadway Billy Flynn

Cuba Gooding Jr. Returning to Chicago in his iconic role as 'Billy Flynn' a few years back.

Final Act of Chicago on Broadway

Ending Musical Performance of 'All That Jazz' with Roxie and Velma.