There's no business like show business, in "Chicago" —
September 24, 2017

There’s no business like show business, in “Chicago”

By Rose Di Grazia

City Theatre is my theater when it comes to having a choice of playhouses in Austin. The theatre has that Broadway feel–it is my Broadway experience on any given Sunday afternoon. In my opinion, everyone should put a little theatre in their life weekly, and the next opportunity to see a fantastic show is here with the hit show “Chicago.”

“Chicago” has everything that makes musicals great: a universal tale of fame and fortune, one show-stopping song after another, and the best dancing you’ve ever seen. It’s no wonder it has been honored with thousands of standing ovations worldwide and awards such as the Tony Award for Best Revival and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances until 1977. “Chicago” was revived on Broadway in 1996, and this revival holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

The edgy storyline is rocket-propelled by a tart, jazzy score featuring such Broadway standards as “When You’re Good to Mama,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and “Razzle Dazzle.” Murder. Greed. Corruption. Treachery. And all that jazz! Show dates are available through Sunday, Sep. 10.

The theatre’s cozy and charming feel will add an extra charm to your experience. The lobby welcomes attendees with its eclectic antiques and chairs, bar and high top tables, chairs and settee. The bar always has a nice selection of wine, sodas, candy and chips available during intermission. A huge picture of Mona Lisa hangs on one wall, along with the traditional velvet theatre curtains.

City Theatre is located at  3823 Airport Blvd. For more information, call 512-524-2870, email info@citytheatreaustin.org or visit citytheatreaustin.org.

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