My name is Roman. I'm 57 years of age, born on November 11, 1961 and a native born Texan. I first saw Miss Patti in concert at the Paramount Theatre (Austin) in 1996. I finally got to meet her in person at the same theatre in November 2000. I've met her also in Dallas (2001), San Francisco(July 2001: spoke with her briefly as she left in her limousine).. met her backstage in Houston, Texas (November 2003), saw her perform in "Regina" in March 2005 in D.C. and last saw her in her dressing room at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (March 2006) following her performance in "Sweeny." Most recently, I traveled to NYC in May 2007 to see "Avenue Q", "Drowsy Chaperone", "A Chorus Line" and saw the fabulous Angela Lansbury in "Deuce." Both Angela and Marian Seldes were delightful at the stage door. Most recently, I had the wonderful chance to see Miss Patti backstage in Dallas (on January 22, 2008) when she performed her "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" show on the SMU campus. She was a "doll." Next stop, NYC.. and "Gypsy" on June 10, 2008. I most recently saw Miss Patti in San Antonio, Texas after her "An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin". She is coming to Austin in March 2010. I have my tickets. During my last trip to NYC in June 2010, I saw: "La Cage Aux Folles, "Addams Family" and "Dietrich and Chevalier." In March 2011, I saw "Lombardi", "Priscilla Queen of the Desert", "Wicked" and "Chicago." I can safely say that "Chicago" is now my FAVORITE musical. I just saw Terra McLeod (Velma) and Tracy Shayne (Roxie) in the national tour of "Chicago" in Fort Worth, TX (6 18 2011). Then, I saw "Chicago" once more the following weekend in Houston. Now, "Chicago" is my favorite musical. I saw: "Chicago" on June 8, 2013; "The Nance" on Sat. June 9th and also "Pippin." Finally, I saw "Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike" on Sun. June 10, 2013. I LOVED Pippin. It was so magical!
Wow, I ran across this little bit of interesting news. I recently followed Jessica Lee Goldyn on Instagram. She recently posted a six show extension of the current run of "Chicago" at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Jessica plays "Roxie Hart". She is joined by fellow former "A Chorus Line" castmate Heather Parcells (Velma Kelly). https://thefulton.org/chicago-cast/
As far as the ensemble is concerned, there have been quite a few changes within the past year or so. You have Jessica Ernest playing a fantastic Go-To-Hell-Kitty and is also one of the Roxie understudies. There is Dan Gutierrez (who has played mainly in the touring company and is a swing). Drew Nellessen is an ensemble cast member who has played with the tour. Beth Johnson Nicely is another talented player. Rachel Schur is another of the Roxie understudies.
I have seen several Roxies in the years since I first began seeing "Chicago": Dylis Croman, Bianca Marroquin and Tracy Shayne. (I've only seen 3 Roxies in 7 years?) Anyway, I remember seeing Amy Spanger in a 2013..2014 video in Times Square. That could have been the last time she was Roxie. She is awfully talented. I would love the chance to see her as Roxie on Broadway.
Kad said: "Whenever I see Applause revisited these days, it's pretty much only for camp value. Lauren Bacall in a sanitized 70s gay bar swinging on a lighting fixture is fabulous but not in the way the show wants it to be."
I like the gay bar scene from this 1973 tv presentation. I read somewhere that this was filmed in England. Harvey Evans (who plays Duane) is still alive. https:/