Set during the prohibition era, the twenties are roaring, and merry murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly are both in Cook County jail awaiting trial for killing their lovers. A clever but shady lawyer, Billy Flynn, manipulates the press in his efforts to free both women. Roxie and Velma thrive on the publicity that the trial offers, and the two beautiful headline hunters plot to use their notoriety to further their stage careers, as well as to win their acquittals.
A six-time Tony Award-winner, Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It includes well-known standards such as “Cell Block Tango,” “Mister Cellophane” and the notorious “All That Jazz.”
Dialogue and lyrics throughout the show include mature language and references to sexual situations.
The words ass, bastard, bitch, crap, damn, hell, screwing, shit and whore are each said or sung.
At the beginning of the show, two characters are in bed together.
Throughout the show, dialogue and lyrics include references to sexual situations.
Drugs and Alcohol
Numerous songs reference drinking and smoking, and alcohol and cigarettes may be used as props.
In two instances, a character shoots another character.
In the song “Cell Block Tango,” six women inmates sing about what caused them to murder their husbands.
A prisoner is hung for her crime.
Chicago opens with the line, “Welcome. Ladies and Gentlemen, you are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery.” The musical then delves into all of these areas. The show aims to be provocative, which is part of its charm, and it does this by making fun of its characters in an entertaining way.
A character fantasizes about becoming a celebrity murderess. She fakes being pregnant to get more sympathy from the press.
The optimistic reporter “Mary Sunshine” is revealed to be a man.