ARTS & CULTURE
It’s a Noisy Hall, Where There’s a Nightly Brawl & All That Jazz
By Anna VanHorn | Photos by Jeremy Daniel
Walton Arts Center has a real knack for bringing the ol’ razzle-dazzle when it comes to the musicals included in the P&G Broadway Series. This season is no exception, especially when it comes to Chicago, appearing Nov. 8-13 for eight performances.
Chicago first ran on Broadway in 1975, earning 11 Tony Award nominations. The show’s revival was a smash hit in 1996, nabbing six Tony wins — more than any other revival in history at the time. It is currently the longest-running production of a revival in Broadway history.
In 2002, a movie musical based on the stage production received critical acclaim, winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! in 1968.
Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. The bawdy, brash and boisterous show tells the story of two fame-hungry women both separately accused of murder, and it is a guaranteed good time for the audience.
One of the major draws of Walton Arts Center is the diversity in its programing and something-for-everyone vibes. Always a crowd-pleaser, Chicago is sure to be one of the highlights of the season. This is a show that would be a perfect date night, girls’ night out or even a solo trip to the theater.
For those looking to enhance the Chicago experience even more, check out the cocktail class offered by Walton Arts Center on Nov. 11. Patrons age 21 and up will learn to make two show-themed cocktails and enjoy light appetizers at the event. Master mixologists will lead you step-by-step, taking time to explain the ingredients and why they were chosen, to pour a delicious drink you’ll want to recreate again and again. Immediately following the class, you’ll be whisked away to the roaring Jazz Age and a wickedly funny tale of murder and deception. Tickets to the cocktail class are $35 per person and don’t include entry to the show.
Tickets to this show start at $41 and make a great gift for someone special or an opportunity to treat yourself. You’re certain to have a rip-roaring good time alongside unforgettable characters like Velma Kelly, Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn and Matron Mama Morton. With iconic songs like “All that Jazz,” “Cellblock Tango,” “Cellophane Man,” “Razzle Dazzle” and more, you’ll leave with a song in your head and the glint of sequins in your eye. Come see why the name on everybody’s lips after all these years is still Chicago.
Also Appearing at
Walton Arts Center in November
Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Royal Winnipeg Ballet's The Nutcracker
A Conversation with Fran Lebowitz