• Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ comes to Manila

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    On August 4, Smart Infinity, the premium postpaid brand of Smart Communications Inc. (Smart), announced that it is bringing “all that jazz” to Manila with the hit Broadway musical Chicago.

    Set for a limited run in December, the six-time Tony Award-winning musical will be made available first and exclusive to Smart Infinity subscribers, before ticket selling is opened to the general public.

    “Just like the successful local runs of other world-class stage spectacles Cats, Mamma Mia, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked, bringing Chicago to the Philippines is again a very special gift for our subscribers,” said Julie Carceller, department head of the Smart Infinity Business Group.

    Moreover, from now until September 8, every new Smart Infinity plan will come with VIP tickets to the musical, on top of the gadgets and services that come with every subscription.

    Based on a 1926 play of the same name written by Maurine Watkins, Chicago is the production that gave the world Broadway hits like “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Mr. Cellophane,”  and “Nowadays.”

    Watkins, a reporter, wrote the play inspired by real crimes she covered during Prohibition-era Chicago. Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb turned the play into a musical in 1975.

    The 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago holds the record for the longest-running revival and longest-running American musical in Broadway history, with 7,300 performances in a span of nearly 15 years.

    The musical follows the characters of aspiring vaudevillian Roxie Hart and seasoned vaudevillian Velma Kelly and the murders they committed in the 1920s.

    In mainstream Hollywood, the role of Velma gave Catherine Zeta-Jones an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the 2002 Rob Marshall-helmed film version, which was also named that year’s Best Picture. Renee Zellwegger earned a Best Actress nod as Roxie, while John Riley (as Amos Hart) was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category. Richard Gere, who played Billy Flynn, won a Golden Globe Best Actor for his portrayal of the deceptive lawyer of Roxie who turns his clients into celebrities to win public support.

    Chicago, featuring an all-American cast, will run from December 2 to 21, at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City.  It is co-presented by Visa and Smart Infinity, in cooperation with Solaire Resort and Casino.

    For more information, call 848-8806 or log on to infinitysupport@smart.com.ph. and www1.smart.com.ph/infinity/chicago.

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