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It's got all that Jazz
Chicago The Musical
Member Name: Jess88
Chicago The Musical
Advantages: Dancing, Acting, Set, Orchestra
Disadvantages: Need to sit from row D if possible
I saw Chicago for the first time a few days and have to say i was very impressed . It is currently playing at the Cambridge theatre, after downsizing from the Adelphi theatre but this does not seem to make any difference.
The story lines its self keeps you drawn in through out the whole show so that you cant believe its over in the short time of 2 hours 20 minutes which includes a 20 minute interval. for those that have seen the film, there is little difference except for a few extra songs which nobody is going to complain about, seeing as the show did come first. the actors and actresses were extremely convincing with fantastic dancing.
On a Friday there are 2 performances of the show, one at 5.00 and one at 8.00. after seeing the 5.00 matinee its always a wonder how they have so much energy to do another show just 30 minutes after the last one. The fact that it was a matinee had absolutely no effect on their performance. The only thing is the 5.00 does not give you very much time to get to the theatre so its best to be avoided and can tend to be emptier than the evening performances.
The set in the show is completely non existent except for the use of a few props such as chairs which adds to the minimalistic atmosphere created. another thing adding to this atmosphere was the complete lack of costume changes apart from one of the main characters. well that if you could call them costumes as there was very little of them. The orchestra are also on-stage which is nice as its not often that orchestras are noted for playing a large part in the running of a musical as they are usually below the stage. Another thing is that the whole of the cast were always on-stage sitting alongside throughout the performance which i'm not sure was a good or bad thing.
The theatre itself was quite small which added to the whole atmosphere. I sat in row c of the stall which gave a pretty good view. It wasn't too far forward and enabled you to see the actors faces rather than just a blur in the distance. the only thing is it would have been better to sit one or two rows back so that your could actually see the floor of the stage. The seat weren't the comfiest I have ever experienced at a theatre but gave plenty of leg room.
Summary: You'll be sad its over!