Chicago The Musical – March 6, 2024 – Broadway In Hollywood – The Hollywood Pantages Theater – Hollywood, CA.

What can you say about this musical Institution, this show delivers, and was simply fantastic. This rendition of this incredible piece of musical history did not disappoint.

Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one showstopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. In the whirlwind of Chicago’s Jazz Age, two of the Cook County Jail’s most notorious murderesses—vaudeville star Velma Kelly and chorus girl Roxie Hart—become fierce rivals as they compete for headlines amidst a media frenzy. Broadway’s longest-running musical has been razzle dazzling audiences for 27 years, and after more than 10,000 performances, 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, and a Grammy®, with so many accolades it tough to list them all!

Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Music John Kander, Book by Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse, original production, choreographed and directed by Bob Fosse. Starring, Kailin Brown, Katie Freiden, Connor Sullivan, Robert Quiles, J. Terrell, and Paul Armani. The ensemble was equally amazing, the dancers were so perfect, depicting all of Bob Fosses iconic moves.

They had the orchestra on risers in the middle of the stage with no real set other than them. But it just all worked so well, truly a phenonium not to be missed.

Of course, the wonderful Hollywood Pantages Theater is always something to be seen. It is Art Deco at Its finest. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, formerly known as RKO Pantages Theatre, is located at Hollywood and Vine in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los AngelesCalifornia, United States. Designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca, it was the last theater built by the vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages. The palatial Art Deco theater opened on June 4, 1930, as part of the Pantages Theatre Circuit.

The Pantages Theatre Circuit was part of vaudeville, and the new Hollywood theater programmed first-run movies alternating through the day with vaudeville acts for its first two years. But like other theaters during the Great Depression, it was forced to economize and thereafter operated primarily as a movie theater, though live entertainment was presented occasionally.

Alexander Pantages sold the Hollywood landmark in 1932 to Fox West Coast Theaters. In 1949, Howard Hughes acquired the Hollywood Pantages for his RKO Theatre Circuit and moved his personal offices to the building’s second floor. From 1949 through 1959, the theater hosted the American motion picture industry’s annual Academy Award Ceremonies. It continued to be a major venue for roadshow movies into the 1970s. From 1965, it was operated by Pacific Theatres. The Hollywood Pantages closed as a movie theater in January 1977, and re-opened the following month with Bubbling Brown Sugar, the first of the many stage productions that have since become its regular fare.

Now operated by an arm of the Nederlander Organization, the Hollywood Pantages is one of Los Angeles’ leading venues for live theater (the five highest-grossing weeks in L.A.’s theatrical history were all shows at the Hollywood Pantages). The theater has recently presented large-scale Broadway musicals such as Disney’s The Lion King, which ran at the theatre for over two years, and hosted the long-running Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Wicked.

Every time I see a show that is part of Broadway in Hollywood I am entertained and always excited! It’s time to be treated to Broadway at its finest, check out this season’s great rundown now.

The Hollywood Pantages Theater

6233 Hollywood Boulevard

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