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"Seinfeld" star reprises trip to the
Roaring Twenties for some "Razzle Dazzle"

"Chicago The Musical"
Oriental Theatre
Chicago, IL
June 7, 2011
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Story by Andy Argyrakis
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At this point in the history of "Chicago The Musical," the Tony Award winning show isn't just the longest running musical revival on Broadway, but also lands fifth longest on that genre's list in the Big Apple's entire history. Add in an Academy Award winning blockbuster movie in 2002, plus a soundtrack that sounds fresh even with its retro nature, and it's easy to see why the touring rendition can come back practically every year and still sell tickets.

Additional reason for its endurance can be traced back to original book writers Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, which alongside John Kander's music and Ebb's lyrics, only add to its legendary proportions. And in revival format, "Seinfeld" star John O'Hurley has become synonymous with the role of flashy, singing lawyer Billy Flynn, who's even known to lay down a dance step or two (with some real life legitimacy after a stint on "Dancing With the Stars").

Speaking of chorography, "Chicago The Musical" opens with a glorious overture that dives into the classic "All That Jazz," which instantly transports the audience back to the Roaring Twenties. From there, it's a fast-paced tale of house wife Roxie Hart (a vivacious Tracy Shayne) murdering her extramarital lover, pleading innocent and finding the fast-talking Flynn to conjure up a media firestorm to get the public on her side.

Along the way there are plenty more show-stopping numbers, mainly the crime scene recollection "We Both Reached For the Gun," the vaudeville dream sequence "Roxie" and the testimony fabrication tale "Razzle Dazzle." However, the hometown hit is more than merely a period piece about getting away with murder against a giant jazzy backdrop, but also a current assessment of publicity's stake in a prominent trial and a criminal's fleeting fame that's often pushed aside when the next sensational news story comes along.

"Chicago The Musical" continues through June 12 at the Oriental Theatre. For additional details, visit or

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