Chicago

When director Bob Fosse’s Chicago debuted in 1975, the idea of a snappy tunefest equating murder with show business seemed cold-hearted. By the time of the musical’s 1996 revival, however, the murderous equation was business as usual: The production didn’t even require the gaudy vaudevillian designs once used to make the point. The spare staging became Broadway’s longest-running musical revival (and, later, an Oscar-winning movie). This touring production toplines John O’Hurley, aka the Seinfeld guy who hoofed a little on Dancing With the Stars. He’s the defense lawyer for tarty Roxie Hart (Bianca Marroquin), a would-be star who turns offing her husband into boffo publicity. Her eventual partner-in-crime, Velma Kelly, is played by diva dynamo Brenda Braxton—not a household name, but a pro’s pro whose résumé includes the original Dreamgirls. (She also holds the record for having played Velma longer than any other actress on Broadway.) Go watch Braxton slink through choreographer Ann Reinking’s award-winning tribute to the Fosse style, all rolling shoulders, sinuous arms, and come-hither hips. And all that jazz. STEVE WIECKING

Tue., March 2, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., March 3, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., March 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 6, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 7, 1 & 6:30 p.m., 2010

 
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