Chicago Rocks the OC: Theatre Review


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News flash, Costa Mesa! “Chicago” bursts its way into Orange County with high-kicking sizzle of sensational pizazz! Greed, sex, and murder take the stage in a gratifying symphony of jazz, dance, and poetic atmosphere.

Set in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1920s, housewife Roxie Hart finds herself fighting not only for her life but also fame and fortune. After committing adultery and homicide, Roxie gets locked up alongside other female inmates in the Cook County Jail. There she navigates the corrupt and sleazy business of climbing to the top using her infamy to light up the bustling city of Chicago and slapping her name across the newspaper headlines.



Reaching for stardom always comes with a price and using the right people to focus on her goals.

“Chicago” drips with a sparkling cast and ensemble that will leave you fanning from the flaming heat and jaws dropped to the dance floor. The scantily clad men and women leap into the sinister parts of your soul and court them to life upon the dramatically lit stage for a provocative night to paint the town red. Red with passion and sexual appeal.

Caught in Roxie’s laces of treachery are bewildered husband Amos, persuasive lawyer Billy Flynn, opportunist Velma Kelly, overseer Mama, and journalist Mary Sunshine.

All while dancing to the beats and horns of a 10-piece orchestra playing live on an elevated stage set. Logan Floyd plays Velma Kelly. Katie Frieden as Roxie Hart. Jeff Brooks as Billy Flynn. Brian Kalinowski as Amos Hart. Christina Wells as Matron “Mama” Morton. G.A. James as Mary Sunshine.



The sensual show-stopping numbers include Broadway fan-favorites such as “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango”, and “Razzle Dazzle”. It’s no wonder that in April 2023, “Chicago” surpass “Phantom of the Opera” as the longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history. The Tony-award-winning show (including Best Musical) celebrates 25 years since its debut with 32 million people worldwide.

Now performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from now until May 21, 2023.

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