"Chicago: The Musical" kicks off the first Broadway at Heinz Hall series this weekend just as the musical is set to become the third longest-running show in the history of New York's Great White Way. With 16 years and more than 6,600 performances, Kander & Ebb's "Chicago" is set to leap-frog past "Les Miserables" and trail only "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera."
There's a timeless appeal to the Prohibition-era story of Roxie Hart and her rival in crime, Velma Kelly, women who kill, then take a stab at celebrity with the help of slick lawyer Billy Flynn. With a cell block full of femme fatales and lots of Bob Fosse-style razzle dazzle, "Chicago" also made it big on the big screen under the direction of former Pittsburgher Rob Marshall, winning six Oscars in 2003 including Best Picture.
The national tour cast includes Tracy Shayne as Roxie and Brian O'Brien as Billy Flynn, reprising roles they have played on Broadway, with Tara C. Macleod as Velma, Kecia Lewis-Evans as Mama and Ron Orbach (cousin of the original Billy Flynn, the late Jerry Orbach) as Amos "Mr. Cellophane" Hart.
The show is at Heinz Hall, Downtown, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$85 at 412-392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
'The Lion King' returns
Disney's "The Lion King" roars back into the Benedum Center for four weeks, Sept. 3-29, 2013, after the musical based on the animated megahit sold out six-week runs at the Benedum in 2004 and '08. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 6; group tickets of 15 or more are on sale now at 412-471-6930 or www.trustarts.org/groupsales. The complete PNC Broadway Across America -- Pittsburgh 2013-14 season will be announced early next year. Also, through special arrangement with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh CLO subscribers receive priority seating to the first week of "The Lion King."