"Chicago" has been an
interesting production to attempt. The format of trying to
weave a story-line through a succession of vaudeville acts,
burlesque-type revues (with a touch of Ziegfeld), jazzy
torch-songs, etc., has proved to be both challenging and fun.
As Billy Flynn says" "It's all show-biz!"
The story-line is
secondary, however, to this musical production. It attempts
to show the excesses of an interesting era in our society.
In that regard, I think, perhaps a correlation can be drawn
between affluence and decadence. We can view this period
(and others, too) which were told, frivolous, sassy (and somewhat
scandalous and naughty), and equate it with our economically
plagued era to reflect upon the idea that what is considered the
'best of times', may not really be that good.
Bonnie McDaniel deserves much of the credit for this show. It is, as you
will see, a 'dancer's show', and Bonnie has spent hundreds of
talented, patient, and loving hours to perfect some very rigorous
dances. She has provided the real 'razzle-dazzle' for
Finally, I would like
to complement the cast and crew and orchestra for dedicating most
of their summer to be able to present this show.