CHICAGO is a blistering indictment of an obsessively celebrity-driven American culture that was just ramping up when the musical was first staged.
There’s a reason why CHICAGO is now the longest running Broadway American show. The musicals stunning performances, cherished songs, and glitz and glamour has soared the show to pure stardom.
Usually by about the 10th or so year of a stage musical’s tour, the seams start showing. Corners are cut. Actors of minimal experience and comparable salary demands are brought in. The orchestra gets smaller. Happily (a cynic might say quite surprisingly) that’s not the case with CHICAGO.
As a bit of American musical theater, CHICAGO gets away with murder.