Saturday, March 27, 2010


I finally got around to seeing this. Musicals always fascinate me, and a modern musical, that was actually popular and acclaimed, made me very curious about how it was constructed. It is such an unusual story -- a comedy of villainy. The musical numbers were indeed glorious -- fast-paced, with powerful choreography and visual design. Also, seeing modern film stars, who don't normally need to sing and dance, actually sing and dance reasonably well had a pleasantly surprising quality. I've never seen the original musical -- but I have to wonder how it was staged... how reality and fantasy were blended. What is up with the city of Chicago, anyway? I wonder why corruption seems to blossom there so freely and persistently?


  1. I love the movie, but the one thing that it's missing that the stage production had was that upbeat reporter lady. She was a man. It's a whole big gag and at the end she gets de-wigged and it is a hilarious twist.

    I can see why they left it out of the movie, it would have been a bit too silly for it.

  2. Ah! That makes sense! She seemed like a strange character, that didn't seem to have much of a point or purpose -- now I'm more curious than ever to see the stage play.