The six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail perform the “Cell Block Tango, in which they relate the stories of their incarceration in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of the Broadway smash hit Chicago, now on stage through Oct. 7. Tickets range from $37 to $60 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, coffee, tea and lemonade. Full bar service and gourmet desserts are available. For reservations, call the box office at 317.872.9664. For more information, including complete show schedule, visit http://www.beefandboards.com.
The fantastic musical many have seen on DVD, Chicago, has recently opened at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. This musical is famous for its songs, Cell Block Tango, All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. Roxie Hart (Deb Wims), Velma Kelly (Marisa Rivera), Billy Flynn (Curt Dale Clark), and Matron “Mama” Morton (Alene Robertson) all were acted by incredible actors and actresses. By default, I went in expecting a remarkable dancing and singing musical. That is what Chicago is known for. Nonetheless, I was amazed by their acting job, as well. The acting in this musical was phenomenal and made for an amazing show. The dancing was on point and choreographed to perfection. The vocals were appreciated, especially some hard to reach vocals displayed by some of the actresses. The lighting, sound and everything technical was well done and not forgotten by this reviewer. My favorite performance, The Cell Block Tango, was perfection. The red colors accentuated the scenes and made the overall mood (of many of the scenes) intensely dark. The song and dance number that accompanied the scene was fantastic. I especially liked the choreography for the number “Cell Block Tango”. The vocal range that Billy Flynn displayed (Curt Dale Clark) was phenomenal. I was immensely surprised and amazed. There are not many critiques I have for this performance, which is surprising because I am particularly critical. For the amount of staging they had, I was amazed at the choreography. Overall, I give them 5 stars, and I hope everyone goes to see Chicago!