Chicago: Musical at MSU
I would just like to say that Paul Finocchiaro has directed an great version of Chicago. He made excellent casting decisions and his research helped bring the Fosse style back to life. I did NOT realize how much research went into making a widely known musical into one’s own. I would also like to point out all the hard work that went into creating the Chicago set. I’ve helped in the theatre workshop for three semesters and it’s hard labor. What may look like a simple set took weeks to produce. So kuddos to the shop workers and also to those who run sound and lights. Last but not least the show wouldn’t be what it is without the live orchestra playing the music. The actors aren’t the only talented ones in this musical. It’s not just the actors that make a show what it is. So get your butts to Chicago and prepare to be razzled and dazzled. If you’re husband or boyfriend isn’t very motivated to go you can mention the half nude girls dancing around too.
There is something else I would care to get out of my system. As the House Manager for the production of Chicago at Minnesota State University, Mankato I can honestly say, “Wow.” If this particular musical was so wanted by the community then why are all the patrons so rude and continue to show up 10 minutes late to the opening act?? They should all be there early because of their excitement or just being on time would be great. The show shouldn’t have to wait for those who are late. They waste the time of others who show up on time to the show and the performers who work hard to entertain.
I see many of these late-comers dressed in nice business attire and I wonder how late do they show up to meetings? They must make their clients and fellow employees very upset consistently. But this is another blog for another day.