April 27, 2011

April 29-May 22

Center for the Performing Arts

Dwarfed by the juggernaut that was “A Chorus Line,” the original Broadway production of “Chicago” had a respectable run but seemed a musical afterthought. That changed when the show was revived in 1996 (it’s still running) and spawned an Oscar-winning movie.

The national tour has been through Indy a few times already, but this is the first chance we’ve had in years to see a local professional production. It seems an ideal choice for Actors Theatre of Indiana, the professional company in residence at the new Center for the Performing Arts, combining minimal set requirements with maximum show biz pizzazz. And anyone interested in actual talent rather than celebrity status should be much more interested in seeing ATI’s Cynthia Collins as Roxie Hart than in gawking at Broadway’s current Roxie, Christie Brinkley. Details here.