Globe Theatre Puts on the Old Razzle Dazzle!
Ask anyone who saw the production Chicago at the Globe Theatre between September 11 and October 6, and you will hear such descriptors as “marvelous” and “breathtaking.” To this list, I will simply add “show-stopping.” It was a great way for the Globe to kick off their 54th season.
Adapted from a play written about actual crimes that occurred in the U.S. in the 1920s, Chicago has become the longest-running American musical on Broadway. A satire about America’s obsession with murder, sex and celebrity, the story is told through a series of vaudeville musical acts performed to a jazz-infused score — think flapper, Charleston and dazzling costumes.
The 2002 movie adaptation of Chicago has always been one of my favourites, and I found myself transported back to the movie during many moments of the Globe’s rendition. As I soaked in this production in the round, I marveled at the actors’ fast-paced and impeccable use of the simple round mirrored stage designed with only a chandelier above and a sunken piano within. The powerful singing, dynamic dancing and stunning period costumes made me want to jump up and join in — the sign of a successful production.
While the show was highly entertaining, we were reminded throughout of corruption, our obsession with sensationalized celebrity criminal trials, and our insatiable draw to the “old razzle-dazzle” of performance, even in our everyday lives. Regardless of the dark themes that undercut the story, for those two hours on a Saturday afternoon in early October, I felt joyfully entertained. Hats off to our amazing Globe Theatre that never fails to deliver!
Photos courtesy Globe Theatre: Cast of Chicago. Directed and choreographed by Stephanie Graham. Set design by Brandon Kleiman. Costume Design by Laura Gardner. Lighting Design by Wendy Lundgren. Photo by Chris Graham Photo.