If there’s one thing that stands out in Broadway Across America’s production of Chicago at Broward Center for the Performing Arts it’s John O’Hurley playing the smooth talking charming lawyer Billy Flynn. He’s charming. He’s graceful. His voice soars and his comedic timing is spot on. The role was made for him.
O’Hurley is best known for his role on Seinfeld in the 90s. But it was his stint on the first season of Dancing With the Stars that made him known, and beloved, by the rest of America.
Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” The original Broadway production opened in 1975. But Chicago is still ever relevant, especially in Florida, where criminal trials routinely become three ring circuses – think George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony.
The musical was brought to the masses when the 2002 musical film version was released, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and went on to win six academy awards including Best Picture.
The story follows aspiring vaudevillian Roxie Hart (Anne Horak) and aging vaudevillian Velma Kelly (Terra C. MacLeod). Both are egocentric murderesses, who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial, and are more concerned with their own fame than their freedom.
The show features such classic Broadway tunes as All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, and Razzle Dazzle. This is a top-notch version of the show where even the ensemble stands out, especially during their Cell Block Tango, where the actresses made each of their small parts their own. The show also stars Carol Woods playing the loveable Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, the corrupt matron of the Cook County Jail.
This is a show that will have you laughing out loud and singing along.
The show runs through October 20. Tickets range from $34.50 to $119.50. Click here for more info.