"A story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery - all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts..." Ok, ok - if you are familiar with the musical Chicago, then you know what that references! Last night I attended opening night of Chicago at The National Theatre and had so much fun I wanted to share the details!
Chicago is celebrating 25 years and is currently on tour throughout the US. I can still remember when Chicago was brand new in the 90's - I was in middle school and learned of the musical when my chorus class sang 'Razzle Dazzle' for a concert. As a young teen, I didn't understand what I was singing, but I loved the music so much I begged my parents to take me to the show on Broadway on a trip to NYC. I still remember seeing Chicago for the first time and loving it, and as I've grown older I love it even more. I've even daydreamed of being cast in Chicago and have already played out in my head how I'd perform 'All That Jazz' and 'Cell Block Tango'. As you can see, my love for the show is strong.
The Chicago touring cast was amazing and wildly talented. I had so much fun watching the show and remembering bits and pieces of the show I'd forgotten with time. The last time I saw it live was about 8 or so years ago on Broadway, starring Brandi as Velma Kelly, so it had been awhile. I was in awe of the costumes, the movement, and the voices and acting throughout the show. The starring cast members playing Velma and Roxie are both DMV natives, which I thought was really cool- DMV represent!
I've attended a number of touring Broadway shows at The National Theatre and they have all been exceptional. Over the summer I saw SIX, last month I saw Tina Turner: The Musical, last night I saw Chicago, and I hope to see the shows in their upcoming 2023 lineup- CATS, My Fair Lady, and Aladdin, to name a few. The National Theatre is the nation's oldest venue still presenting touring Broadway shows- and we are lucky enough to have it in DC!
You can see Chicago at The National Theatre through November 27! I promise you won't want to miss it!
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