Murderesses Velma Kelly, a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together, and Roxie Hart, who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn’t going to make her a star, find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. —IMDb
Taking his cue from such profusely talented dancer/choreographer-turned-directors as Bob Fosse, former Broadway hoofer Rob Marshall made a scintillating leap into film with his directorial debut Chicago (2002).
Born in Wisconsin and raised in Pittsburgh, Marshall began his professional career at age 12 when he joined a local musical theater company. Though he took time off from college to join a touring company of the 1970s Broadway smash A Chorus Line, Marshall returned to school and earned a degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s musical theater program. Leaving Pittsburgh after school, he moved to New York City in the early ‘80s to join the ranks of Broadway “gypsies” vying for a place in the chorus. Marshall sang and danced in several Broadway shows, and worked his way up behind the scenes from dance captain to assistant choreographer. Marshall, however, suffered an injury while dancing in Cats; he subsequently decided to quit performing to concentrate on choreography. He… read more
The big question about Chicago (1927), the first version of the famous play which later gave us Ginger Rogers as Roxie Hart and, ahem, some
Rob Marshall’s Chicago bares a resemblance to John Waters’s Female Trouble when dissecting themes and the central focus. Waters’s picture showed how America strangely glorifies criminals and those… read review