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You MUST watch this: Bebe Neuwirth talks about Chicago:

Of necessity, this one will mostly be clips from the movie.  (Who doesn't love Renee Zellwiger?)

Chicago is a musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago. The music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal". The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on.
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Marilu Henner at the Macy's parade:

One of the best prison scenes EVER:

I like the use of red lighting and scarves to indicate guilt...and in the case of the ballerina, white for both to indicate she's innocent.  I've watched a few clips of this number that were staged and they were very much like the movie version.  (The movie version is quick to load and has great production values, which is why I use it here.)

The backstory, also from Wiki:

In the 1960s, Gwen Verdon read the play and asked her husband, Bob Fosse, about the possibility of creating a musical adaptation. Fosse approached playwright Watkins numerous times to buy the rights, but she repeatedly declined. In her later years, Watkins had become a born-again Christian and believed her play glamorized a scandalous way of living.[3] However, upon her death in 1969, her estate sold the rights to producer Richard Fryer, Verdon, and Fosse.[3] John Kander and Fred Ebb began work on the musical score, modeling each number on a traditional vaudeville number or a vaudeville performer. This format made explicit the show's comparison between "justice", "show-business", and contemporary society. Ebb and Fosse penned the book of the musical, and Fosse also directed and choreographed.
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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:24:04 PM PDT

  •  I still think (8+ / 0-)

    that "Cell Block Tango" is one of the greatest song/dance numbers in American theater, ever.  It's just fantastic.

    Of course, with choreography by Bob Fosse, how could it not be?

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:43:26 PM PDT

  •  I've ushered for the Broadway tour (5+ / 0-)

    ...Fantabulous!...loved the movie...and have a copy of the play in a book somewhere which talks about Miss Watkins as well as some of her original articles she based the play on. Very good reading!!

    Also, though I know this is about the stage ... I'll plug the 1942 movie Roxy Hart with Ginger Rogers! I picked up the video a few years ago, and it is wonderful in its own way. This scene was cut from the final movie, but IMHO it shouldn't have been.

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:00:31 PM PDT

    •  ooh, thanks much! (2+ / 0-)
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      I can't wait to watch it.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:04:47 PM PDT

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    •  Great dance number -- thanks, (1+ / 0-)
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      klompendanser.

      Ginger Rogers is iconic.  I think I've seen one or two movies she made where dancing wasn't that important: but mostly she could out-dance any other actress of her era.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:12:13 PM PDT

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  •  then we should pay tribute to the (2+ / 0-)
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    London version with Ute Lemper

    Though Ute, I think at least, is better with Kurt Weil stuff, like this from 3penny Opera (sorry, can't embed)

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:26:50 PM PDT

  •  As long as we're discussing Ute Lemper (1+ / 0-)
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    would someone please tell me where this song comes from?  I think it's just brilliant, brilliantly done: but it seems like it should be from a show:

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 08:06:57 PM PDT

    •  I think it one of the German cabaret (1+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita

      type of numbers she specializes in ... which, you have to admit is reminiscent of ol' Sally Bowles too. Check this out:

      "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

      by klompendanser on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 08:31:25 PM PDT

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      •  Fantastic. (1+ / 0-)
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        When do you want to post a Monday NIght at the Theater about Ute Lemper?

        ;-)

        (Not entirely a joke.  I for one would love to watch it.)

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 08:54:22 PM PDT

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        •  well, not next week but maybe the week after? (0+ / 0-)

          I was going to do one on home theatricals, but that could wait til later.

          "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

          by klompendanser on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 09:52:14 PM PDT

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