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The pulse-racing revival of the musical ''Chicago,'' involves a cast of top-flight artists perfectly mated to their parts and some of the sexiest, most sophisticated dancing seen on Broadway in years...The America portrayed onstage may be a vision of hell, but the way it's being presented flies us right into musical heaven." Full Review
"Chicago is as good now as it's ever been--a heartening experience, a life-affirming dedication to the magic and art of theatre, and something that absolutely should not be missed. Though all shows must eventually close, the glory and genius of Chicago should be celebrated while it's here, and with any luck, it will still be gracing and energizing Broadway for many years to come." Full Review
"Cynics predicted that the big-screen opus would mean the end of the show's Gotham run, but the opposite has occurred for this Encores!-originated revival...the show is now an SRO proposition. During intermission, audience members may be heard debating the comparative merits of the live and canned treatments." Full Review
"What it's all about: 'murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery.' Of course what it's also about is sensational dancing, singing, acting...and, fun! No razzle-dazzle mechanical props, just the razzle-dazzle of a company of gifted performers delivering two hours and twenty minutes of show-stopping numbers." Full Review
"Broadway's busiest revolving door, better known as the nearly 10-year-old revival of Chicago, has someone new passing through: the R&B superstar with the single moniker of Usher...while he's a good two or three decades younger than most of his predecessors, the tuxedo fits decently enough." Full Review
"A lot of Broadway musicals don't age very well, but the long-running revival of 'Chicago' seems to have discovered the fountain of youth. The score's catchy melodies are potent, toe-tapping reminders of music from the late 1920s, while the lyrics are snappy, pointed and often very funny." Full Review
"The Broadway revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago, may be on the verge of celebrating its 15th anniversary, but one could hardly tell the production has recently entered the upper echelon of long-running shows on Broadway. There's a crispness to the entire piece of Chicago, that belies its age." Full Review
"The stunning revival of Chicago that just opened on Broadway ought to win over any doubters. Chicago hasn't merely aged well; it has come of age...A show that doesn't just give us the old razzle-dazzle; it glows." Full Review
"Because the revival of "Chicago" is so wildly entertaining, I'm hesitant to call it important, always an ugly adjective for a reviewer to use...What makes this revival important, is that it reminds us that musicals are about songs and performers, not scenery. When you have material and performances as dynamic as this, you don't need chandeliers." Full Review
"If the Kander & Ebb style can be described in one word, it’s showstopper. And though their detractors might argue that the tenacity can be wearying, they’ll find scant support for that position in “Chicago.” Even in a concert staging, the momentum starts high and gets higher." Full Review
"Starring alongside Broadway legend, Amra-Faye Wright, Brandy held her own. Her voice sends goosebumps up your spine, or could it be that you know every woman in the cast has killed someone...? Brandy was lovable as the fiendish, but coy criminal. Her acting was spot-on and her voice was the cherry on top. 'Chicago' is exciting, sexy and absolutely ridiculous and taking that ride with Brandy was one of the most enjoyable Broadway experiences I’ve had in a long time." Full Review
See it if Recent return (since 2006) finds CM sexier than ever with the current crop of Bway famous leads and ensemble
Don't see it if "Star" casting can be a mixed bag although it provides some cover for ever increasing ticket prices
See it if you love musicals, cabaret style performances, or loved any previous iterations of it.
Don't see it if you dislike musicals or stories about infidelity and criminals/murderers.
See it if you've somehow missed it and have yet to do so; like vaudeville or musicals in 1920s jazz-club style that are slim on storytelling.
Don't see it if needing dramatic sets, intense stories, and even pacing. The opening few numbers are energetic and well-done; then the show loses steam.
See it if you have never seen it. You have to see it at least once. Also, if you're big on dance shows
Don't see it if you don't like minimal production value or cast members that are TOO OLD to still be in the show.
See it if historic broadway musical revivals are always must-see for you. Still stands the test of time buy only because of its infamous choreography.
Don't see it if fluffy/silly dated shows don't cut it. Will make the grade for theater-history buffs, but this production's more for tourists than purists.
See it if You like shows with darker plots and themes, seductively flashy aesthetics, jazzy Broadway numbers
Don't see it if You're not a fan of risqué characters and clothing, want something lighter
See it if you want to see one of the longest-running musicals on broadway, if you like jazz and glitz.
Don't see it if you want something fresh and groundbreaking. I loved it when I saw it around two decades ago, but it's a little dated now.
See it if you love Kander and Ebb, traditional musical theatre and a good story.
Don't see it if you want flashy musicals with lots of special effects, only like contemporary musicals.
See it if You want to see a show that unfortunately has been running far too long and lost its luster. And in an attempt to glow brighter casts...
Don't see it if Underwhelming past their prime celebrities that do nothing but cheese and sell tickets to tourists who don't know any better.
See it if You want to see a Broadway classic. You love Fosse choreography. You don't mind minimalist style shows. You like the music of Kander & Ebb.
Don't see it if You expect it to be like the movie. You like big spectacle shows. You don't like sexiness on display--gets raunchy. It's a bit dusty & tired
See it if you'd like to see one of Kander and Ebb's enduring classics; you get to see it with a cast of Broadway hands who can make the material sing.
Don't see it if You're drawn in to seeing it with leads who can't dance or aren't Broadway stalwarts; you don't like minimal stagings or Kander and Ebb.