Review: Chicago, Lancaster and All That Jazz

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How fitting I saw Chicago this week when the posts about how cold it is there are plastered all over my newsfeed.

Well, it may be freezing cold in the actual Windy City, but Chicago in Lancaster is HOT.

The Fulton is presenting Chicago as its third production of the season, and I once again was blown away by the entire production. The sets, the costumes, the singing … it’s “all that jazz” and more.

Like The Fulton’s previous production, 42nd Street, Chicago is about showbiz and fame, but it’s much more risqué with a tougher feel. The show literally opens with a bang as star Roxie Hart shoots her lover and joins fellow star – and killer – Velma Kelly in jail.

As they always do with Fulton productions, the ensemble cast razzles and dazzles, but the real stars of the show are well, the stars, Jessica Lee Goldyn (Roxie) and Heather Parcells (Velma). Both actresses are phenomenal and incredibly talented, bringing their characters to life so vividly and passionately. They’re catty yet sweet, naive yet cunning, criminal yet jovial. Their thirst for fame is really quite comical, I would even say its killer.

The supporting cast is just as talented. Tarra Conner Jones (prison den mother Matron “Mama”), Travis Taylor (money-grabbing greedy defense lawyer Billy Flynn), and Randall Frizado (Roxie’s aloof “Mr. Cellophane” husband Amos Hart) each deliver powerhouse performances that shine as bright as Roxie and Velma. The cast’s energy is infectious, and it’s hard to believe you’re in Lancaster and not in a theater on Broadway in NYC.

I’ve never seen Chicago before – theater show or the movie – but I immediately Googled “how to watch Chicago movie” after the show ended because I want to watch it over and over again. The songs are stuck in my head and I just want to dance around. I can’t recommend this show enough, it really is spectacular.

Chicago runs through Feb. 17. Grab tickets for Valentine’s Day/the holiday weekend, because nothing screams “I love you!” like murder and music. Plus, there are a ton of great date night restaurants within walking distance and who doesn’t love a dinner-and-a-show date?

If musicals aren’t your thing (but I truly believe The Fulton’s productions can change your mind), the theater also offers another series of smaller plays in its theater upstairs. The Glass Menagerie is coming Feb. 12 and looks intriguing.

Looking ahead, the Fulton will round out its 2018/2019 season with Once: The Musical, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Mamma Mia!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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