In the old days — the days before the Internet, at least — the surest way for a woman to become a celebrity was not through ye olde sex tape, but through murder. It really was a simpler age. And in Kander and Ebb's Chicago, there's a whole lotta women getting famous. Brassy showgirl Velma Kelly is currently incarcerated for the murder of her husband and sister, who she caught in flagrante delicto (that's Latin for "making a sex tape"). Kelly's case is the big story in town, until regular ol' Roxie Hart kills her man on the side because he tells her she'll never achieve her dream of being in showbiz. Little does he know that a scandalous murder trial is the biggest show of all. Both murderesses hire swift-talkin', smooth-walkin' Billy Flynn to be their lawyer, and Billy does his level best to make them super famous — because nobody wants to convict a celebrity of any crime. Chicago is a slightly cynical, high-energy production that plays with our baser instincts, and it plays at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.fabulousfox.com) for one weekend only. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday (January 1 through 3), and tickets are $25 to $66. If you need any further enticement, Tom Wopat plays Billy Flynn — that's definitely entertainment right there.
Jan. 1-3, 2010