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Chicago - The Musical Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 57



1.0 star rating Laura from Toronto, Ontario


This was horribly flat. No imagination, it felt like all the actors were going through the motions of one of the longest running musicals of all time. The sad part is, everyone is very talented, but I blame everything on poor direction and choreography. Really a shame

1.0 star rating from Minneapolis, Minnesota


scenery---boring singing---little harmony, voices of the leads did not go together well costumes---dull and hard to discern with so much dull black on stage scenery---too busy with orchestra on the stage, everything was a dull black, little to treat the eye Billy Flynn---little expression and even less movement overall---felt like cast was trying too hard and just couldn't pull it off, a very dull, underwhelming and disappointing show

1.0 star rating from Phoenix, Arizona


Boring! Disappointing set. Most songs sounded like repeats. Orchestra on the stage was distracting. I expected a lot more for $150/ticket.

1.0 star rating Egon admann from Las Vegas, Nevada


We left after 30 minutes,it was awful.Save your money and see something else.

1.0 star rating Jo from Chicago, Illinois


Disappointed in the performance, we were sitting in the mezzanine level and had trouble hearing the main characters voices singling or speaking. The band seemed louder than the singing and drowned their voices out. You expect a punch when you hear “all the jazz” but it was flat and uninteresting. We love this musical and we’re so looking forward to seeing the 25th anniversary show but left disappointed.

1.0 star rating Sarah A. from Chicago, Illinois


I just saw the musical in Chicago. I was excited to see this awesome musical in the city it is all about. We were so disappointed. The actors were one dimensional, or more infatuated with themselves then with true acting. There is zero, I’m talking zero razzle-dazzle. Costumes are all black, no costume changes, very small band not one single tiny sequence or glitter to catch the eye in the whole thing- except for the last number which had some cheap streamers. Roxy and Velma were poorly cast. Neither of them conveyed any character or personality. Both played it safe, flat, vanilla, boring. Both roles could be so much fun to portray, but neither of them gave their characters any dimension. I feel the same is true for the other cast members as well. This group, at first glance, looks like they have all the chops, but really they are inexperienced and amateur actors. The Director didn’t help them dig deeper or give more depth. I couldn’t wait to leave. The songs are great but their delivery made them on enjoyable . I was shocked and sad to see this very poor performance. Band was talented but didn’t have a lot of support. Neither Velma nor Roxy had any edge and fell short of their calling.

1.0 star rating Kevin from Chicago, Illinois


I hate writing this, but I want you to be able to make the decision for yourself if you want to drop some coin for 1.5 hrs of jazz hands and not much else. The cast has no chemistry. The set is severely lacking, opting to have the orchestra take up most of the stage, relying on simple lighting to carry the rest of the show. Because of the lack of space, there isn't nearly as much room for creative blocking, and as such the choreography feels so lazy. And it's such a miss to deprive the audience of the set and costumes that represented the period. Otherwise, it's a couple of flapper outfits and some leather vests and black see through shirts for everyone else. For the anticipation, setting, and cost of this show, you will expect much, much more. Hate writing a negative review, but honestly, they had it coming. My wife and I both reached for the gun, but couldn't find the director.

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