Our two anti-heroines in 1920s crime-riddled booze-filled Chicago are Velma and Roxie, two murderers awaiting trial. Their story is told through a series of vaudeville-style vignettes, performed by the sexiest and best dressed prisoners you've ever seen. Velma and Roxie are at odds for most of the show, competing for the attention of slick lawyer Billy Flynn, the public's love, and a trial date. But after they literally get away with murder, they find that their 15 minutes of fame has disappeared, and they finally join forces in the fiercest act yet.
|Dylis Croman as Roxie (photo by Jeremy Daniel)
|Terra C. MacLeod as Velma (photo by Paul Kolnik)
Chicago has a lot to say about celebrity, violence, and women's power, all wrapped up in a gorgeous and thrilling package of music and dance. It plays at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre through this Sunday only. And while this is definitely not your last or only chance to see Chicago (it's not going anywhere), it's always a thrill. There's truly nothing like it. Despite being a 20-year-old revival, Chicago is still an original.