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Chicago opens to a full house

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Greed, corruption, exploitation, murder and, of course, some good, old-fashioned razzle dazzle. Opening tonight at the Sacramento Community Theater to a sold-out audience, "Chicago" shows that all the world is a con game and the stage is the biggest scam of them all.

Set in the decadent 1920s, "Chicago" tells the story of Roxie Hart, a bored, philandering housewife, who dreams of one day seeing her name in lights and murders her lover when he decides to walk out on her. Gut-bustlingly played by veteran actress Bianca Marroquin, Roxie is sharp-tongued, crude and best of all has you rooting for her until the curtain closes.

Brenda Braxton’s interpretation of the bawdy Velma Kelly was exquisite. Her voice was big, her dancing was slinky and her Velma was dead-on (pun intended). John O’Hurley’s Billy Flynn is not to be missed. His singing was wonderfully awful, as it should have been, and from the time we meet him onstage in “All I care about,” you are already seething with desire to see more of his TMZ-esque, dare-I-say marketing schemes. O’Hurley is a truly gifted actor and performer, and he proves it in this revival tour of "Chicago."

Like the song says, ”Long as you keep ’em way off balance, how can they spot you got no talents?” Crazy talk! This cast has talent oozing out of its writhing hips, and if there is any sense in Sacramento’s theater lovers, they will exult in this fabulous display and, quite frankly, indulge in all that jazz!

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