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Chicago: Broadway in Austin

Updated: Thursday, November 21 2013, 02:21 PM CST

You've seen the movie about a half dozen times, but Chicago was made for the stage. With one show stopping song after another, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history and shows no signs of slowing down!     

This funny take on the "celebrity criminal," Roxie Hart murders her lover when he doesn't make her a star. Roxie convinces her husband, Amos, that the guy was a burglar and he takes the blame. The truth comes out and she goes to prison. While there, she steals the spotlight from criminal Velma Kelly, who killed her husband and sister after she found them having sex. Velma won't go down without a fight to stay the most favored person in prison.

KEYE-TV talked with Todd Buonopane, who plays Amos Hart, Roxie's lovable husband (pictured bottom left). "In a show with a lot of flashy characters, Amos is a very simple guy," says Buonapane. In preparing for the role, he states,, "as Amos, I just have to express my honest feelings. It just so happens that Amos' honest feelings are often pretty amusing. It takes a certain amount of experience to be simple and honest. I'm so much better at this role now than I would have been earlier in my career."

How is the musical is different from the film? He says that John C. Reilly, that portrayed Amos in the film, is one of his favorite actors and thought he was great as Amos. "But since most of the film took place in Roxie's mind, Amos wasn’t given his due. In the play, I get to talk right to the audience. You really get my side of the story," he says.

Buonopane says that getting to sing Mister Cellophane every night is a dream come true. We agree and think that Chicago is a dream come true too. One extra bonus is that John O'Hurley who played J. Peterman, Elaine's boss, on Seinfeld will be playing Billy Flynn.

Bass Concert Hall

November 19 - 24

Weekdays at 8pm except Mondays, Saturday 2 & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm & 7pm

 

For tickets, call 471-4454 or click here: http://www.texasperformingarts.org//season/chicago-broadway-austin

Chicago: Broadway in Austin


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