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Templeton33
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Who was the best Roxie Hart?

#26
Posted: 2/20/21 at 11:31pm

I too agree with Karen Ziemba (my first Roxie) and Sandy Duncan. I also always enjoy seeing Bianca.  Bebe was good in all three roles but nothing will ever come close to her Velma.

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justoldbill
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Who was the best Roxie Hart?

#27
Posted: 2/21/21 at 11:58am

Gwen Verdon.

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ACL2006
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Who was the best Roxie Hart?

#28
Posted: 2/21/21 at 6:53pm

Curious if anyone got to see Chita on the 2nd national tour as Roxie? She only did the role for a few months.

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blaxx
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Who was the best Roxie Hart?

#29
Posted: 2/21/21 at 8:20pm

ACL2006 said: "Curious if anyone got to see Chita on the 2nd national tour as Roxie? She only did the role for a few months."

I saw her in Toronto. I'm not sure if she was good at playing Roxie, but she was great at giving you all she had onstage. She could've been playing any role and she would've been great.

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ajh
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Who was the best Roxie Hart?

#30
Posted: 2/21/21 at 8:26pm

ACL2006 said: "Curious if anyone got to see Chita on the 2nd national tour as Roxie? She only did the role for a few months."

I saw Chita when she joined the London production for a limited run and she was truly memorable. Of course she was too old by then but she acknowledged that herself, to hilarious comic effect, and brought a sense of glamour, showbiz magic and sheer fun to the role that far outweighed any misgivings about her suitability. Her ‘Roxie’ monologue went on at least twice as long as anybody else’s as she was having so much fun with the male dancers and indeed the audience. I always think it’s essential that Roxie is likable, well Chita was ADORABLE.

Even having said that, the best Roxie out of the 18 I’ve seen was Josefina Gabrielle in the West End. Best known in the States for playing Laurey in the UK National Theatre’s OKLAHOMA! opposite Hugh Jackman on film and Patrick Wilson on Broadway, and as Gussie in the Menier filmed version of Merrily, she was also a stunning Velma in the last London revival. Her Roxie ticked every box: she looked like Rita Hayworth, danced like an angel, was hilariously funny, cute, oddly poignant....could not take ones eyes off of her. 


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