Roxie Rocks Chicago: One of the Best in a While

Chicago playing at Dock Street Theatre through Sept 18

Charleston Stage opens their season with a well-done production of the award-winning musical Chicago with a solid cast, choreography and vocals.

Vanessa Moyen shined as Roxie Hart, the adulterous dame who is quick on the draw when her lover tries to end their affair.  Gives new meaning to the phrase ‘love her or leave her.’  Josh Harris, playing her adoring, cuckold husband Amos, got lots of love from a sympathetic audience.  He had a big song to sing with Mr. Cellophane, and we all agreed that he did it justice.

The classic opening song All That Jazz, sung by Jillian Kuhl as Velma Kelly, and the company, had audience members dancing along in their seats, which is probably the best thing a cast could hope for.

Velma, Matron Mama Morton, Bill Flynn all played up their characters, although Flynn could have let a little more time pass before delivering some of his cutting punch lines.  The script is good.  Give it time to be heard.

The Six Merry Murderesses were entertaining, and the Cell Block Tango a treat, especially ‘Pop’ who sang about her husband Bernie’s grating bubblegum snapping habit.  She fired two warning shots.  In his head.  Hey, he was warned.

We would have liked to see the costumes a little snazzier.  However, we must admit that we’ll be trying to recreate our own fringed hot pants like the pair that graced Roxie’s bottom half.  What outfit is complete without tassels on your derriere?!

Chicago opens the 34th Season of Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street.  Remaining performances: September 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, & 1 7 at 7:30 pm, September 11 & 18 at 3:30 pm.  Visit www.CharlestonStage.com for tickets.

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