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JAMES NAUGHTON     MARCIA LEWIS    JOEL GREY    D. SABELLA

 

Imagine for a moment a dark stage. An orchestra plays in the middle. On the sides the dancers, all dressed in shades of black , are doing warm-up exercises. A voice announces:

"Welcome. Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery - all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts…"

Through an elevator at centre stage appears Velma Kelly. Together with the dancers she gives us the rousing opening number, ALL THAT JAZZ. From that moment on we know we are in for an unforgettable evening.
Written in 1975 by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, it wasn't at first a big success. Too dark for the seventies and facing the competition of A CHORUS LINE the show failed to grab the audiences of the time. 20 years later this musical returned with a vengeance, becoming one of the hottest tickets on Broadway.The sharp, dark and funny book is perfect for the nineties and Walter Bobbie directed it with style and class, turning it into a dazzling show. The choreography by Ann Reinking is simply riveting and a perfect tribute to the original's creator Bob Fosse. The way the dancers move is magic for our eyes and they are the best gypsies I have ever seen.
Heading the cast I had Marilu Henner as Roxie Hart and Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly. Each one of them a class act in their own right, together they set the theatre on fire. Supporting them I saw an absolutely perfect cast where the likes of Marcia Lewis, Joel Grey, D. Sabella and James Naughton were brilliant.

A final word for the fabulous score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. For me, it's the best score ever written for a musical and I'm never tired of playing it again and again.

As someone said, this is a black diamond of a show and one that I will never forget

Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse    Music by John Kander     Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Choreographed by Ann Reinking    Directed by Walter Bobbie

Rated by Jorge: +++++