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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread

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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1701
Posted: 7/10/19 at 12:30am

Peter Lockyer (most recent touring "Billy Flynn"Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread will join the Broadway company of "Chicago" from July 11-- 28th.  

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1702
Posted: 7/14/19 at 10:37pm

Starting tomorrow, Lana Gordon will play "Velma Kelly" in "Chicago".  I hope she has a long stay.   

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1703
Posted: 7/15/19 at 4:24am

Patti LuPone FANatic said: "Starting tomorrow, Lana Gordon will play "Velma Kelly" in "Chicago". I hope she has a long stay."

 

 

yeah! She should be there until the end of August at least. The Japan section of the tour that AFW is doing runs until August 18.

A Chorus Line revival played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013. Another non-equity tour launched on January 20, 2018. The tour ended its US run in Kansas City and then toured throughout Japan August & September 2018.
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1704
Posted: 7/15/19 at 9:30pm

From what I have gleaned from social media, Lana Gordon will play Velma Kelly till sometime in the month of September.   

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Posted: 7/16/19 at 12:45pm

https://bryantpark.org/events/2019/07/18/broadway-in-bryant-park?fbclid=IwAR1EVFcUFJHwkGBIDN5Pzd5uhVumOP3BIbdm0t7sc5gQg3pfdekftdz5qKI   Lana Gordon, Desi Oakley and the cast of Chicago will take part in this annual event.

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1706
Posted: 7/16/19 at 9:05pm

I've never seen Dylis as Roxie, and I loved Lana as Velma, so I'm definitely making a trip back in early August. Already excited!



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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1707
Posted: 7/18/19 at 8:30pm

https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/Chicago/Overview  Telecharge has the updated principal cast list.  Lana Gordon will be Velma Kelly until August 18th.  ACL, a wild guess as to who will be Velma on Aug. 19th?  

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1708
Posted: 7/19/19 at 12:52pm

Did anyone get to see Ryoko as Roxie?

 

 

 

Patti LuPone FANatic said: "Ryoko Yonekura is the current Roxie until July 14th."

 

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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1709
Posted: 7/19/19 at 1:18pm
Damn, AFW ain't even taking a break after the Japan stint. I just don't get why the producers keep bringing her back.
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1710
Posted: 7/19/19 at 3:08pm

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"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1711
Posted: 7/21/19 at 10:26am
"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1712
Posted: 7/29/19 at 6:45am

Desi Oakley (Roxie Hart) just concluded her most recent run.  She is joining the Waitress Tour in Toronto very soon.  ( Waitress is produced by Fran and Barry Weissler)

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Posted: 7/29/19 at 7:15am

Patti LuPone FANatic said: "Desi Oakley (Roxie Hart) just concluded her most recent run. She is joining the Waitress Tour in Toronto very soon. ( Waitress is produced by Fran and Barry Weissler)"

To clarify, Desi  is rejoining the tour (she originated the role on tour) for two weeks while Christine Dwyer gets married. 

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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1714
Posted: 7/29/19 at 6:21pm

Jeff McCarthy is the new Billy Flynn. Interesting to note that since Penny Paschall left due to injury, they've had a rotation of swings playing "Aaron". Mostly Dan Gutierrez and Eddie Bennett(when he could join the company). Colt Adam Weiss returned for two weeks to play the role and now Eddie Bennett will play the role of Aaron until Sept. 15 now that David Bushman is back as a swing. Lots of movement with the men's ensemble in this show this year.

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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1715
Posted: 7/29/19 at 7:14pm

I remember some years ago that AFW performed the role of Velma in Japan, in Japanese.  I wonder if she still is able to do that.  From what I know, the fans in Japan go all out in showering individual cast members with presents galore.  I think I saw Denny Paschall perform as Amos one time.

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Posted: 7/29/19 at 8:05pm

ACL2006 said: "Jeff McCarthy is the new Billy Flynn. Interesting to note that since Penny Paschall left due to injury, they've had a rotation of swings playing "Aaron". Mostly Dan Gutierrez and Eddie Bennett(when he could join the company). Colt Adam Weiss returned for two weeks to play the role and now Eddie Bennett will play the role of Aaron until Sept. 15 now that David Bushman is back as a swing. Lots of movement with the men's ensemble in this show this year."

OH NO! What happened to Denny? I don't think I've ever seen the show where he's been out. (And I've seen him dozens upon dozens of times over the years.) I'm going back August 11 and was hoping he'd be in his familiar space on stage.



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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1717
Posted: 7/29/19 at 9:30pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op_V6jM52e0   Desi Oakley and two of her boys (Colt Adam Weiss and Michael Scirrotto) performing "Me and My Baby".   

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Posted: 7/30/19 at 9:23pm

This is a bit of video of Terra C performing in "Mamma Mia" at the Bucks County Playhouse.https://vimeo.com/350866096?fbclid=IwAR1D8DAsayrvnrQzgw_rLbz9A6DnK9Ha3rAakjMS8rKD2ikWK6QRf6v99PU

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1719
Posted: 8/7/19 at 9:42pm

https://chicagothemusical.com/cast/   Tonya Wathen is back at the Ambassador in the role of Hunyak.  She is also one of three Roxie Hart understudies (the other two being Jessica Ernest and Rachel Schur).

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1720
Posted: 8/13/19 at 9:00pm

The most recent principal cast information, courtesy of Telecharge:  https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/Chicago/Overview  Among the highlights:

Desi Oakley (Roxie Hart) Aug. 19, 2019 --- Sept. 8, 2019

Charlotte D'Amboise (Roxie Hart) September 9, 2019 -- January 5, 2020

Lana Gordon (Velma Kelly) extended until October 13, 2019

AFW (Velma Kelly) October 14, 2019 --- March 29, 2020

Hayley Swindal (Matron Mama Morton) until Sept. 8, 2019

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1721
Posted: 8/13/19 at 9:25pm
Well Charlotte d'Amboise was memorable in Pippin 6 years ago.
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Posted: 8/13/19 at 9:52pm

I have been saying I want to see this again. Saw it twice on tour. The first time it was not so good. Saw it again on tour around 2008 or 2009 and it was incredible.

Maybe now is the time to see it again. Always wanted to see Charlotte in it and would love to see McCarthy onstage.

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Posted: 8/13/19 at 10:34pm

I've always wanted to see Charlotte as Roxie.

After FOSSE/VERDON, I was curious to revisit CHICAGO but was told it was in rough shape, and only to go back if there was a star coming through I wanted to see. Looks like there might be...

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Chicago the Musical Appreciation Thread#1724
Posted: 8/14/19 at 4:43am

If you have a chance to see the show before October 13th, then you're in for a treat with Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly.  I've seen Charlotte as Roxie, Fastrada and Cassie.  This is the first time that I've noticed her getting a fairly long term contract as Roxie (an almost 4 month run).  

"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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Posted: 8/14/19 at 6:45am
I always enjoyed Charlotte's Roxie. Her and Lana together might get me to see it again. Was a relief that AFW isn't returning until mid-October.
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