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Chicago. The Roaring 20s. The Jazz Age. And for the homicidally inclined, a new career option beckons - celebrity! When ambitious chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her no-good lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap, it looks like case closed... until Amos discovers that Roxie hasn’t been entirely straight with him and rats her out. Read more …

Awaiting trial at the Cook County jail, Roxie meets infamous show girl and “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, who’s the darling of the tabloid press. Why? Because femme fatales and cold-blooded killings sell papers!

Roxie quickly learns that the justice system is just another branch of showbiz: to make it to the top (or get acquitted), you need the best connected agent (or hot-shot lawyer) in your corner - like charismatic counsel for the defence, Billy Flynn.

With Billy selling the press a very different version of Roxie’s crime, Roxie soon becomes the toast of Chicago and knocks a decidedly unhappy Velma off the front pages – only for another sordid murder to steal Roxie’s limelight.

So what now for Roxie and Velma? How can they grab the headlines - again! - and get their careers back on track?

The longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history, Chicago returns to its vaudeville roots in this spectacular show that delivers wit, pizazz and red hot jazz!

The critical consensus

A ravishingly entertaining and deliriously cynical evocation of American values gone wrong.

*****Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 04/06/2018

There's plenty to admire...but sadly, not much to love.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 05/06/2018

Kander and Ebb’s blend of cynical humour, sleazy glamour and invention are shown off to strong effect in Baron’s production.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 06/06/2018

It’s fanciful stuff, bearing a greater resemblance to a glitzy dream of the Windy City in its gangster heyday than to anything approximating its brutal reality.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 12/06/2018

The ensemble work their socks off in fishnets and diamante waistcoats and the overall result is an evening of musical joy. It’s a clever and original production which the audience adore.

*****Mary-Ann Connolly, The Wee Review, 20/06/2018

Where and when?

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry from Friday June 1, 2018, until Saturday October 20, 2018. Plays in repertory. Check website for performance dates and times.. More info:

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