2002 December 10 – PREMIERE OF “CHICAGO”

One reviewer actually said that the single biggest reason for the phenomenal success of the film “Chicago” was the piece “Cell Block Tango”…another critic said “you might find yourself humming it long after you’ve watched the movie”...in Cell Block Tango six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail describe how each has killed her husband in unique ways, why the victim ‘had it coming‘ and why she is innocent, as ‘it was a murder, but not a crime‘…starring Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Renee Zellweger, it was directed by Rob Marshall…”Chicago” was nominated for 13 academy awards and won six including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones)…it was the first musical film to win the Best Picture oscar since “Oliver” in 1968…

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Chicago centers on Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, two criminals-of-passion who find themselves awaiting their trials for murder in 1920s Chicago; …Velma has killed her husband and sister after having found them in bed together; Roxie has killed her boyfriend when he reneges on making her a star…together they hope that fame will keep them from the gallows…the film was based on the Bob Fosse’s broadway play by the same name which was in turn was based on a play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, who was assigned to cover the real life murder trials Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for the Chicago Tribune in 1924….the budget for the film was 45 million dollars; by September of 2003, its world-wide gross sales were over 170 million dollars…Velma famously says in the film “with the right song and dance, you can get away with murder”

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