re: if Chicago had opened in another season
Last Edit: Chromolume 04:11 pm EDT 04/12/24
Posted by: Chromolume 04:06 pm EDT 04/12/24
In reply to: re: if Chicago had opened in another season - JereNYC 02:43 pm EDT 04/12/24

albeit in a somewhat revised production

More than "somewhat" lol. The entire score was overhauled to be in a much jazzier/poppier style - the original 1925 score is much more in an operetta vein. The '71 score always feels to me like a 60's/70's Broadway reinterpretation of a 20's sound as we might think it should have been, instead of an attempt to recreate the real style of the original. The singing tends to veer toward the contemporary as well (listen to the pop scoop Susan Watson does at the end of her refrain of the title song - it sounds more "Kim McAfee" than Nanette lol), especially with the obnoxious Vegas speak-sing-y "stylings" of Bobby Van (I know some people like him; I have to skip over his songs on the CD - he makes me cringe). I tend to think that aside from the casting of Ruby Keeler and Patsy Kelly, it wasn't really a 20's show at all.
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