Episode 50: Chicago Part 2 (Fossepocalypse #10.5)

Chicago

The original Broadway poster. Surprisingly subtle.

Welcome back to the Fossepocalypse, Jazzhandians, with the capital city located in CHICAGO.

This week’s conclusion discusses Little Mary Sunshine, Renee Zellweger as a puppet, and the showstopping Catherine Z-J. We give a lot of love to John C. Reilly as Amos (deservedly so), the slick confidence and tapping prowess of Richard Gere, and the *chef’s kiss* costumes of Colleen Atwood.

CHICAGO was a dream project for Gwen (and Bob back when it was Gwen-and-Bob). In true Fosse fashion, Bob was also working on the film LENNY while creating the show – and this was the beginning of severe health problems (not one but TWO heart attacks during this period). CHICAGO was shut out at the Tonys by Michael Bennett’s A CHORUS LINE – I think we can guess how Bob felt about Michael after that.

Don’t leave us hanging like Mr. Cellophane – take a listen!

CHICAGO

Reason #5,674 why we need a time machine – to see this for ourselves!

 

Chicago (2002)
Chicago poster Rating: 7.1/10 (213,406 votes)
Director: Rob Marshall
Writer: Bill Condon (screenplay), Bob Fosse (book), Fred Ebb (book), Maurine Dallas Watkins (play)
Stars: Taye Diggs, Cliff Saunders, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Released: 24 Jan 2003
Plot: Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

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