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Chicago [Music from the Motion Picture] [includes Bonus DVD]

Chicago [Music from the Motion Picture] [includes Bonus DVD]


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Directed by Rob Marshall (Annie) and adapted for film by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters), Chicago tells the tale of two ruthless female vaudeville performers -- one past her prime, the other aspiring to stardom -- who compete for notoriety while incarcerated on the city's famed Murderers


Directed by Rob Marshall (Annie) and adapted for film by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters), Chicago tells the tale of two ruthless female vaudeville performers -- one past her prime, the other aspiring to stardom -- who compete for notoriety while incarcerated on the city's famed Murderers Row for violently avenging romantic betrayals. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger tackle the lead roles of Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, respectively, with commendable theatrical flair, bringing the seductive musical charm of Bob Fosse's Broadway hit based on the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb to life on the big screen and on this soundtrack. Featuring several songs from both leads, alongside performances from costars Richard Gere (as the devilish lawyer Billy Flynn, who represents both women) and Queen Latifah (as conniving prison matron, Big Mama), the disc takes on a life of its own. Highlights include Zeta-Jones's smoldering rendition of "All That Jazz," Zellweger's breathy, torch-song take on "Nowadays," and Gere's enchanting "Razzle Dazzle." Talented character actor John C. Reilly -- who plays Roxie's unassuming and dimwitted hubby, Amos -- deserves kudos for his heartbreaking performance of "Mister Cellophane," as does Latifah for her sassy showstopper "When You're Good to Mama" and "Class," a comical duet with Zeta-Jones cut from the film. Adding a dash of contemporary flavor to this mesmerizing soundtrack are two songs inspired by the scandalous story: Latifah's female-affirming rap version of "Cell Block Tango (He Had It Comin')," featuring Lil' Kim and Macy Gray, and Anastacia's power-pop ditty "Love Is a Crime." From start to finish, Chicago gives listeners the old razzle-dazzle -- and them some.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Maurine Watkins' satirical play Chicago has gone through several permutations since it opened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway on December 30, 1926. There was a silent movie version in 1927, followed by a sound film called Roxie Hart starring Ginger Rogers in 1942. In 1975, director/choreographer Bob Fosse and the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb brought a darker vision to the story of a murderess who achieves acquittal due to publicity and slick lawyering, and their musical ran 898 performances back on Broadway. But the show really came into its own in 1996 when, in the wake of the O.J. Simpson trial, a revival was mounted that was still running on Broadway six years later when this movie version of the musical was released. The story and setting are perfect for Kander & Ebb, who delight in using musical pastiches of the interwar era to underlie a deeply pessimistic worldview characteristic of such works as Cabaret. Indeed, listeners will be much reminded of that earlier score by this one, in which each character gets one or more hot jazz-style numbers to illuminate his or her villainy. What may surprise listeners is how effective the principals -- Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, and John C. Reilly -- are, given that none of them are known for their singing abilities. Modern studio techniques can do wonders, of course, making actual dubbing virtually unnecessary, but the actors really throw themselves into these performances. Less impressive are the extraneous songs (not actually featured in the film) tacked on at the end, presumably to expand the album's commercial appeal, including a rap by Queen Latifah (who co-stars in the film) and Lil' Kim, and a musically irrelevant dance tune by Anastacia that wasn't even written by Kander & Ebb. [Epic's 2003 edition of the Chicago CD included a bonus DVD with a video of "And All That Jazz," behind-the-scenes footage, and other features.]
This limited edition Chicago soundtrack was released to coincide with the 75th Annual Academy Awards. The specially-packaged CD includes liner notes by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, behind-the-scenes still shots from the film, and full song lyrics. The set also includes a DVD featuring a promo video of Catherine Zeta-Jones performing "And All That Jazz," behind-the-scenes footage of the stars rehearsing for the film, and interviews with all of the principle cast and director Rob Marshall.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   cast
Freddie Green   Banjo
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Nicki Richards   Background Vocals
Mark Russell   Bass Guitar
Stan Sulzmann   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alan Barnes   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Bartek   Conductor
Pete Beachill   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
John Beal   Bass
Dana Calitri   Vocals,cast
Jack Cavari   Guitar,Drums
Mitch Dalton   Banjo,Guitar
Margaret Dorn   Vocals,cast
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Lawrence Feldman   Soprano Saxophone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Curtis King   Vocals,cast
Eric Kupper   Guitar,Keyboards
Queen Latifah   Vocals,cast
Greg Lawson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lou Marini   Alto Saxophone
Audrey Martells   Vocals,cast
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
John Reilly   cast
Jim Saporito   Percussion
John Saver   Piano
Laura Seaton   Violin
Ray Swinfield   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Talbot   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Fonzi Thornton   Vocals,cast
Eric Troyer   Vocals,cast
Christine Baranski   Vocals,cast
Paul Morgan   Double Bass
Scott Fowler   Vocals,cast
Cynthia Onrubia   Vocals,cast
Chuck Wilson   Tenor Saxophone
David Hartley   Piano
Marc Mann   MIDI Manager
Cleve Asbury   Vocals,cast
Paul Bogaev   Conductor
Perry J. Cavari   Drums
Taye Diggs   Vocals,cast
Willy Falk   cast
Denise Faye   Vocals,cast
Nathan Durham   Tuba
Tata Nicole   cast
Mary Ann Lamb   Vocals,cast
Billy Hartung   cast
Darius de Haas   Vocals,cast
Sara Ramirez   Vocals,cast
Timothy Shew   Vocals,cast
Jeff Siebert   Vocals,cast
Chris Garrick   Violin,Soloist
Capathia Jenkins   Vocals,cast
Edgar Godineaux   Vocals,cast
Nick Richards   cast
Charles King   cast
Laura Dean   Vocals,cast
Robert Montano   Vocals,cast
Roxane Barlow   cast
Harrison Beal   Vocals,cast
Renée Zellweger   Vocals,cast
Catherine Zeta-Jones   Vocals,cast
Richard Gere   Vocals,cast
Shaun Amyot   Vocals,cast
Ekaterina Chtchelkanova   Vocals,cast
Jocelyn Dowling   Vocals,cast
Melanie Gage   Vocals,cast
Deidre Goodwin   Vocals,cast
Owen Slade   Tuba
Damon Sharpe   Vocals
Joe Pizzi   Vocals,cast
Rick Negron   Vocals,cast
Susan Misner   Vocals,cast
Mýa Harrison   Vocals,cast
Colm Feore   Vocals,cast
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
William Hartung   Vocals
Timothy Siebert   Vocals
Mitchell Dalton   Banjo,Guitar
Nicky Richards   Vocals
Darren Lee   Vocals,cast
Juan Francisco   Recorder
Freddy Green   Banjo
Nate Durham   Tuba
Vicky Lambert   Vocals
Desmond Richardson   Vocals
Charley King   Vocals
Tara Nicole   Vocals
Keith O'Quin   Trombone
Sean Palmer   Vocals
Stan Saltzman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Saver   Piano
John C. Reilly   Vocals
Nikki Richards   Vocals
Kate Kaufman   Vocals
Michelle Johnston   Vocals
Roxanne Barlow   Vocals
Willie Falk   Vocals
Marc Russell   Bass
Jim Sapporito   Percussion
Dennis Collins   Vocals,cast

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Composer,Producer
Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
John Kander   Composer
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
Douglas Besterman   Arranger,Orchestration
David Coleman   Art Direction
Eddie DeLena   Engineer,Engineering
Greg Dennon   Engineer
Greg Lawson   Composer,Producer
Rob Marshall   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Dennis Sands   Engineer,Engineering
Michael Starobin   Orchestration
Rick Wake   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Dan Hetzel   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Rob Williams   Engineer
Martin Richards   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jim Caruana   Engineer,Engineering
Richard Barrie   Technical Associate
Marc Mann   MIDI Assistance
Paul Bogaev   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
Dave Scheuer   Engineer
Thomas R. Yezzi   Vocal Engineer,Engineering
Craig Zadan   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Richie Jones   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Engineering
Denise Rich   Composer
Alison Burton   Studio Manager
David Krane   Dance Arrangement
Randy Spendlove   Producer
Juan Bohorquez   Engineer
Neil Meron   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Rob Williams   Engineering
Simon Knee   Technical Associate
Barry Fawcett   Stage Crew
Rich Wheeler   Stage Crew
Matt Sullivan   Associate Supervisor
Rob Marshall   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Tim Pinckney   Liner Notes
David Scheuer   Engineering
Ric Wake   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Matthew Sullivan   Associate Supervisor
Dan Hertzel   Engineer,Engineering
Greg Dennen   Engineering

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