VIDEO: CHICAGO's Amra-Faye Wright, Bianca Marroquin, Jaime Camil Meet Their Counterparts From Japan's Takarazuka
While the Broadway revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's CHICAGO is about to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Japan's Takarazuka Revue, famous for its all-woman productions of musical theatre classics, is celebrating its centennial with a visit to New York and a six-performance stint at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater July 20-24. Visit lincolncenter.org.
A welcoming committee consisting of Broadway's Velma, Roxie and Billy Flynn, Amra-Faye Wright, Bianca Marroquín and Jaime Camil, dropped by for a visit and to pose with the ladies who will be taking on their roles uptown.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.