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This touring edition of the hit musical has a hand-me-down feel to it, understandably. Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse in 1975, Chicago returned to Broadway in 1996 in a trimmed-down, concert-style staging by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Fosse protegee Ann Reinking. This show "re-creates" Bobbie and Reinking's work. It's a bland, mechanical rendition, yet the material still bristles with sardonic wit and infectious rhythms. The script by Fosse and Fred Ebb revels in the cynical, salacious story of chorine Roxie Hart, who murders her boyfriend and then tries to parlay her notoriety into vaudeville stardom. John Kander's score celebrates the sinuous sounds of Roaring Twenties dance music. In a cast notable for muscular dance skills, the standout is non-dancer Ron Orbach, who projects perfect comic pathos as Roxie's long-suffering schlub of a husband. --Albert Williams



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