June 23, 2024

Opinion: “Chicago” razzle dazzles at the Tennessee Theatre

The Broadway touring production, “Chicago,” performed at the Tennessee Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 19.

On Sunday, Feb. 19, “Razzle Dazzle” was more than just a song as the cast of “Chicago” took the stage at the Tennessee Theatre. “Chicago,” the longest running Broadway production in history, takes place in the 1920s and centers around the murderous women of the Cook Country Jail. Filled with scandal, murder, greed, corruption and so much more, the Broadway touring cast proved that “Chicago” will never get old.

As patrons poured into the Tennessee Theatre, the stage was simply set with a chair and a hat. The lights lowered in the sold-out theatre and the curtain rose to reveal the orchestra positioned on the stage. The orchestra was in a tiered structure on the stage. This served as the background throughout the production instead of changing set backgrounds. While the set remained the same, the lighting helped give dimension to the stage.

The cast consisted of about 20 different members. This all-star cast has plenty of impressive credits. Lana Gordon, who plays Velma Kelly, is a Broadway regular performing in shows such as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and the original production of “The Lion King.” This seasoned veteran’s talent took center stage for many numbers, but stole the show during “I Can’t Do It Alone.”

Dylis Croman played the other leading lady of the night, Roxie Hart. Croman most recently played Roxie Hart on Broadway in New York City. Croman captured Roxie’s spunk and spirit. Other standout performances came from Paul Vogt, who played Amos Hart, and Roz Ryan, who played Matron “Mama” Morton.

This talented cast featured a complete line-up of triple threats. Every performer was not only extremely vocally talented, but all displayed immense athletic ability throughout the many lifts and splits of the show.

With classic hits like “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango” and “Roxie,” “Chicago” is sure to remain on top for years to come.

For more information on “Chicago” or for tickets to the show check out their website.

Featured image by Tennessee Theatre

Edited by Katy Hill