Chicago 1975

Original 1975 production of CHICAGO footage

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Chicago is a Kander and Ebb musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago. The music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the “celebrity criminal”. The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The original Broadway production opened June 3, 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show.

Rehearsal footage from Bob Fosse’s original 1975 production of Chicago. All the original stars: Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach, Barney Martin. Included are Roxie, I Can’t Do it Alone Reprise, Go-to-Hell Kitty scene, Mr. Cellophane, When Velma Takes the Stand, Razzle Dazzle, The Trial, and Loopin’ the Loop, the show’s original finale with Chita playing the drums and Gwen playing the saxophone and dancing in tandem. The choreography would be tweaked and become Nowadays and Hot Honey Rag

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