VIDEO: CHICAGO Designer William Ivey Long Recalls Advice He Gave To Melanie Griffith
Of course, you can't beat Hollywood for drawing in the crowds, so when Melanie Griffith came to the Ambassador in 2003 to play the murderess who learns the showbiz of law, the box office bells rang off the hook.
Six-time Tony Award winning costume designer William Ivey Long recalls an important piece of advice he gave Griffith regarding her Roxie costume, and the unusual way he found out she was listening.
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.