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The theaters are dark on Monday nights.  That's why we need to get our theatrical fix here, at Big Orange.

Oh, Chicago.  I've only been there once, and I've never seen the play (or the movie).  But I love the Cell Block Tango: here on stage

and here, from the movie of the stage production

It seems to me that there isn't a huge difference between the staged and movie versions of this number.  The production values (vis a vis YouTube) are better for the movie version, of course.  But the number itself isn't much different.  In fact, I think I like the "spread eagle" in the stage version above, better than the movie version.

And I particularly like the use of red scarves to indicate guilt: of course, the murderesses themselves admit their guilt.  The one who claims to be innocent, the Russian ballerina, is the only one to have a white scarf at the end of her portion of the number.  As symbolism, it is really obvious, but it obviously works.

OMG.  Some unfortunate credits mar the middle, but this is a truly fabulous clip:

Just fabulous:

Originally posted to Chez Youff on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by lundi channel, DKOMA, and Theatricals.

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