CHICAGO, the "Razzle-Dazzle Broadway Musical," will be performed March 15, 2001, at the Sioux City Auditorium.
CHICAGO first opened at the 46th Street Theatre in June of 1975. The story is by Fred Ebb and the director/choreographer is Bob Fosse. It was based on the play CHICAGO by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
Watkins, who was a newspaper reporter in Chicago during the 1920s, was inspired to write the play after covering a series of murder trials involving women murderers.
Many of her stories took her to the criminal courts. There she gathered her material for the play CHICAGO. Convinced she needed more knowledge of the playwriting technique, she left the Chicago Tribune and returned to Yale. It was as part of a class she wrote the first draft of CHICAGO.
Watkins' satirical comedy first opened in December of 1926 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. The show went on for 182 performances. It starred Francine Larrimore in the role of murderess Roxie Hart, freed to spend her life touring as a vaudeville attraction thanks to her money-grubbing lawyer and manipulating press.
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