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Chicago (2002)

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Coming Out at 26 December 2002 in theaters

Comedy, Crime, Musical

Chicago is musical crime drama film based on the 1975 stage musical of the same name. It explores the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age. The film stars Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. Chicago centers on Roxie Hart (Zellweger) and Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) two murderesses who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago. Roxie, a housewife, and Velma, a vaudevillian, fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows. The film marks the theatrical directorial debut of Rob Marshall, who also choreographed the film, and was adapted by screenwriter Bill Condon, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Critically lauded, Chicago won six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture, the first musical to win Best Picture since Oliver! in 1968.

In 1924, Roxie Hart watches lead role Velma Kelly perform (“Overture/All That Jazz”) at a Chicago theater. Wanting stardom for herself, she begins an affair with Fred Casely, who claims to know the manager. After the show, Velma is arrested for killing her husband Charlie and sister Veronica, after finding them in bed together.

A month later, Casely admits to Roxie that he has no showbiz connections and just wanted to sleep with her. Enraged, she shoots him dead. She convinces her husband, Amos, to take the blame, telling him she killed a burglar in self-defense. As Amos confesses to the detective, Roxie fantasizes that she is singing a song devoted to her husband (“Funny Honey”). However, when the detective brings up evidence that Roxie and Casely were having an affair, Amos recants; Roxie furiously admits what really happened and is arrested. Ambitious District Attorney Harrison announces he will seek the death penalty.

Director: Rob Marshall

Writers: Bill Condon, Bob Fosse (book), Fred Ebb (book), Maurine Dallas Watkins (play)

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere

Cast:

Taye DiggsBandleader
Cliff SaundersStage Manager
Catherine Zeta-JonesVelma Kelly
Renée ZellwegerRoxie Hart
Dominic WestFred Casely
Jayne EastwoodMrs. Borusewicz
Bruce BeatonPolice Photographer
Roman PodhoraSergeant Fogarty
John C. ReillyAmos Hart
Colm FeoreHarrison
Rob SmithNewspaper Photographer
Sean Wayne DoyleReporter
Steve BehalPrison Clerk
Robbie RoxPrison Guard
Chita RiveraNickie
Queen LatifahMatron Mama Morton
Susan MisnerLiz
Denise FayeAnnie
Deidre GoodwinJune
Ekaterina ChtchelkanovaHunyak
MyaMona
Joey PizziBernie
Scott WiseEzekial Young
Ken ArdWilbur
Marc CalamiaHunyak’s Husband
Niki WrayVeronica
Gregory MitchellCharlie
Sebastian La CauseAl Lipschitz
Richard GereBilly Flynn
Christine BaranskiMary Sunshine
Brendan WallBilly’s Assistant
Cleve Asbury‘Gun’ Reporter #1
Rick Negron‘Gun’ Reporter #2
Shaun Amyot‘Gun’ Reporter #3
Eve CrawfordBilly’s Secretary
Bill CorsairNewsreel Announcer (voice)
Bill BrittAuctioneer
Gerry FioriniSailor
Elizabeth LawPerfume Lady
Lucy LiuKitty Baxter
Joseph ScorenHarry
Monique GandertonBare Woman #1
April MorganBare Woman #2
Marty MoreauGroin Reporter
Conrad DunnDoctor
Jonathan WhittakerBailiff
Rod CampbellJury Foreman
Brett CarusoHarrison’s Assistant
Sean McCannJudge
Jeff ClarkeCourt Clerk
Patrick SalvagnaNewsboy
Kathryn ZennaWoman Shooter
Jeff PustilClub Owner
Roxane BarlowFemale Dancer
Jocelyn DowlingFemale Dancer
Melanie A. GageFemale Dancer
Michelle JohnstonFemale Dancer
Charley KingFemale Dancer
Mary Ann LambFemale Dancer
Vicky LambertFemale Dancer
Tara Nicole HughesFemale Dancer
Cynthia OnrubiaFemale Dancer
Karine PlantaditFemale Dancer
Jennifer SavelliFemale Dancer
Natalie WillesFemale Dancer
Karen AndrewFemale Dancer
Kelsey ChaceFemale Dancer
Catherine ChiarelliFemale Dancer
Theresa CoombeFemale Dancer
Lisa FergusonFemale Dancer
Melissa FlerangileFemale Dancer
Michelle GalatiFemale Dancer
Sheri GodfreyFemale Dancer
Brittany GrayFemale Dancer
Karen HolnessFemale Dancer
Amber-Kelly MackerethFemale Dancer
Jodi McFaddenFemale Dancer
Faye RauwFemale Dancer
Rhonda RobertsFemale Dancer
Leigh TorlageFemale Dancer
Robyn WongFemale Dancer
Ted BanfalviMale Dancer
Harrison BealMale Dancer
Paul BeckerMale Dancer
Jean-Luc CôtéMale Dancer
Scott FowlerMale Dancer
Edgar GodineauxMale Dancer
Bill HartungMale Dancer
Darren LeeMale Dancer
Troy P. LiddellMale Dancer
Blake McGrathMale Dancer
Robert MontanoMale Dancer
Sean PalmerMale Dancer
Desmond RichardsonMale Dancer
Martin SamuelMale Dancer
Jason SermoniaMale Dancer
Jeff SiebertMale Dancer
Sergio TrujilloMale Dancer
Stacy Clark BaisleyAcrobat
Megan FehlbergAcrobat
Rachel JacobsAcrobat
Rebecca LeonardAcrobat
Erin MichieAcrobat
Danielle Rueda-WattsAcrobat
Dana CalitriFemale Ensemble
Kate Coffman-LloydFemale Ensemble
Curtis King Jr.Male Ensemble
Laura DeanFemale Ensemble
Margaret DornFemale Ensemble
Capathia JenkinsFemale Ensemble
Audrey MartellsFemale Ensemble
Sara RamirezFemale Ensemble
Nicki RichardsFemale Ensemble
Dennis CollinsMale Ensemble
Darius de HaasMale Ensemble
Willie FalkMale Ensemble
Timothy ShewMale Ensemble
Fronzi ThorntonMale Ensemble
Eric TroyerMale Ensemble
Mikie Da PoetMan in suit
Michael SercerchiTheatre Personnel

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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