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23/04/2009

Cambridge Theatre, London - Chicago The Musical


This is a photo of the Cambridge Theatre in London, a modern theatre, facing Seven Dials, built using steel and concrete and is notable for its elegant and clean lines of design. The theatre was refurbished in 1950—the original gold and silver decor was painted over in red, and candelabras and chandeliers were added. In 1987, in order to restore the original decor, the theatre was once again refurbished, this time by Carl Toms.

Chicago is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. 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 had reported on.
The original Broadway production opened June 3, 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Chicago's 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway (not counting the revue Oh! Calcutta!) and is Broadway's seventh longest-running show in history. As of Nov 15th 2008, it has played for more than 5,000 performances. The revival was followed by a production on London's West on
The Cambridge Theatre, and several tours and international productions, and followed by an Academy Award-winning film version of the musical, released in 2002.

Below is a photo of the poster from the West End production.

1 comment:

roentarre said...

I have watched this musical before and it was magnificent in deed

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