Chicago: The World Famous Musical

September 24, 2016

Musical Film

Chicago is considered to be one of the most popular musicals in the whole world. It has been staged in many countries including the UK, Belgium, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, Japan and many others. The musical grabs attention not only with its intriguing plot and astonishing singing performances but also with an unforgettable dancing show. The best actors wearing high quality jazz shoes delight audiences with their outstanding performances.

It is interesting that the musical is based on real events that took place in Chicago in 1924. Two different murders reported in The Tribune attracted the attention of a wide audience. The events inspired a reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins to write her famous play on which the musical Chicago is based. After its first Broadway production in 1975, the musical became extremely popular. It is considered to be one of longest running shows on Broadway as it has been played more than five thousand times there. Today the outstanding performance of actors wearing stylish clothes and elegant jazz shoes amuses people not only in the USA but also in many other countries all over the world.

The plot of the musical is based on two murders. Both of them were committed by women who later became an inspiration for the main musical’s characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Roxie kills her lover and convinces her husband that it was done by a burglar. The husband tries to help Roxie out by taking blame on himself. However, it doesn’t help much and Roxie is arrested. Another woman Velma kills her husband and her sister when she finds out about their love affair. It is interesting that actresses who play Roxie and Velma are wonderful vaudeville performers. They amuse audiences with their dancing and singing shows wearing elegant jazz shoes and beautiful dresses.

It is worth mentioning that a famous director Rob Marshall created a film version of Chicago in 2003. Such famous celebrities as Rene Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu and Queen Latifah starred in the film. The outstanding show performed by famous actors wearing high quality jazz shoes and dazzling outfits has become popular with cinema lovers and film critics. Chicago the film was awarded with six Oscars in such nominations as Best Picture, Best Actress In A Supporting Role, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. The film also won three Golden Globe awards not mentioning multiple other awards from film and music critics.

Chicago is a musical that still amuses a lot of people from different countries with its gripping plot based on real events. It is worth noticing that the famous musical was performed in many languages such as English, German, Russian, Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Korean. Outstanding choreography and amusing performances of talented dancers delight many viewers. Actors wearing elegant dresses and high quality jazz shoes create an unforgettable atmosphere that may stay in the heart of many viewers for a very long time. If people are choosing their first musical to watch, Chicago may be a great choice.

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