Beloved Musical Offers
That 'Old Razzle Dazzle'
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 28, 2019 — When it premiered in June 1975 on Broadway, Chicago was described by one critic as “cynical and subversive, exploiting American cultural mythologies in order to attack American celebrity culture."
Created by the legendary choreographer Bob Fosse — with music by John Kander and lyrics by Free Ebb — the musical is set during the Jazz Age in The Windy City and based on a 1926 play (with the same title) by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins.
Watkins’ play was a satire on corruption in the criminal justice system.
In Fosse’s work, Vaudeville star Velma Kelly who murders her sister and husband after she finds them in bed. At the same time, aspiring performer Roxie Hart is headed to the slammer for murdering her lover.
The two jailbirds compete for media attention while avoiding the noose and singing classic tunes like All That Jazz. The original cast featured a stellar cast, including Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach.
After a highly successful run in the late 1970s, the musical had a revival in 1996 and won seven Tony Awards.
It wouldn’t be long before the musical hit the big screen: the 2002 version was a huge hit, winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In today’s celebrity-obsessed America, Chicago seems more relevant than ever.Now, the iconic musical is coming to Phoenix, starting this Friday (March 29) and running through April 2 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Tickets start at $42.25. Learn more at https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=449
Wednesday, March 27
The classic Ingmar Bergman film Through a Glass Darkly will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. This is part of the Scandinavian Pain Film Series. Admission is free for members or $5 for non-members. For other details, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/4aa27c74-e850-5d6c-5a97-51ef3189040a
Thursday, March 28
Presented by Act One Youth Theater, The musical My Son Pinocchio Jr. will run through March 31 at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. Third St. Visit https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/act-one-mar18/ to learn more details or purchase tickets.
The Scottsdale and Chandler/Gilbert Community College Big Bands will play The Nash, 110 Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and admission is $15 or $5 for students with ID. https://thenash.org/event/scc-cgcc-big-bands/
Friday, March 29
Broadway mainstay Chicago will run through April 2 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Tickets start at $42.25. Learn more at https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=449
The rap concert A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will be held at 8 p.m. at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $27.50; the show is open to those 13 and up. To learn more, go to https://www.thevanburenphx.com/events/8943445/monster-energy-outbreak-tour-presents-a-boogie-wit-da-hoodie/
The play Frost Nixon is based on the astonishing 1977 interview that British talk show host David Frost conducted with disgraced former President Richard Nixon. It’s running through April 13 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Tickets are $27.50; showtimes vary. The play is recommended for those 18 and older. Visit https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/frost-nixon/ to buy tickets or learn more info.
Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Tickets range from $41 to $65. Go to https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater for more details.
“Cowgirl Up!” is the celebration of the West’s best female artists and taking place at Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. Along with the exhibition, there will be dancing, an awards dinner and live auction, and chuckwagon breakfast. Admission ranges from $15 to $275 for a full weekend package. For a full schedule and other relevant info, visit https://westernmuseum.org/event/cowgirl-up-art-from-the-other-half-of-the-west-opening-weekend/
Saturday, March 30
PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure -- based on the popular children’s TV series -- will be on stage at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington, Phoenix. Showtime is 10 a.m. For admission prices, go to http://www.comericatheatre.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=1900552CE5E46C79&offerid=0
Sunday, March 31
The MusicaNova Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Along with a composition by Mozart, the orchestra will cover works by Mayumi Kimura Megurom, Carl Reinecke and Anton Bruckner. Admission ranges from $36.50 to $41.50 Learn more at http://themim.org/events/musicanova-orchestra-the-forgotten-symphonies-unveiling-the-romantics/
Tuesday, April 2
The much-acclaimed musical Wicked will run through May 5 at the Gammage. For showtimes or ticket prices, check out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/wicked
Wednesday, April 3
Sisters in Law based on the best-selling book about former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and current Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be on stage through April 28 at The Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave. Tickets for this world premiere start at $51. For more information, go to https://www.phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/sisters-law
Thursday, April 4
American Mariachi, a new comedy by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, will be run through April at The Herberger Theater Center, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Visit https://arizonatheatre.org/show/american-mariachi/ to buy tickets or learn more.
Friday, April 5
Blues great Buddy Guy will play the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Noted guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is the opening act. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $40 to $95. For further details, check out https://celebrity.ticketforce.com/Shows/Show.aspx?sh=CLT19BGJV
The musical Oliver will run through May 5 at Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. For ticket prices or showtimes, check out https://www.desertstages.org/oliver/
The musical Tuck Everlasting will run through April 21 at Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. Showtimes vary, while tickets are $20. Learn more by visiting https://www.vyt.com/ticket-information/tuck-everlasting/
Known for her contralto voice, Mary Fahl will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $38.50 to $43.50. For more details, visit https://mim.org/events/mary-fahl/
The Phoenix Film Festival will host the world premiere of Alice Cooper: Live from the Astroturf a documentary/concert film about his band’s 2015 reunion. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. at Harkins Theatre Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Cooper, his bandmates and director Steven Gaddis will be in attendance. To learn more, visit http://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com/
Saturday, April 6
Nashville guitarist and producer Jeff Dayton will perform “A Salute to Glen Campbell” at 7:30 p.m. at he Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $48.50. To learn more, go to https://mim.org/events/jeff-dayton-a-salute-to-glen-campbell/
Comedy star Ron White will perform at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Grand Ballroom. For ticket prices or other details, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/salt-river-grand-ballroom/ron-white/
“Mystery in the Museum: Mayhem at The Matinee” will take place at 6 p.m. at The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. This “Red Carpet Premiere” will let participants solve puzzles, while enjoying refreshments. Admission is $15 per person or $25 for a couple. For more info, check out https://smoca.org/event/mystery-in-the-museum-mayhem-at-the-matinee/
Best known for The Kids in the Hall, comedic actor Kevin McDonald will present a sketch comedy show at 7:30 p.m. at the National Comedy Theatre, 214 W. Main St., Mesa. Admission is $15. For other info or to buy tickets, go to https://z-upload.facebook.com/events/2207970026082588
Acclaimed percussionist Zakir Hussain will perform at 8 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Tickets start at $35. Go to https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/zakir-hussain-masters-of-percussion for further info.
NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson will perform at 3 p.m. at The Nashm 110 Roosevelt St., Phoenix. For more info or to buy tickets, visit https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/d12cdcef-4152-4a94-89b6-c134d340971e/f4f04d2ae48e538aff8bf19b8669e8cb
Sunday, April 7
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Israel, The Jerusalem Quartet will perform at 5 p.m. at The Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Admission starts at $29. To learn more, visit https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/jerusalem-quartet/
Monday, April 8
Versatile performer Craig Ferguson is bringing his Hobo Fabulous show to the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Admission starts at $38; showtime is at 7:30 p.m. To learn more, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=503
Tuesday, April 9
The band Turnover will perform at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Phoenix. Opening acts are Turnstile and Reptaliens. The show will start at 8 p.m. For ticket prices, go to https://www.evernote.com/shard/s16/sh/e732212d-57ef-4327-82a5-eb4f89f2a9d7/9391600a6cb68f6887f0a7f17bc743eb
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