See ‘Chicago’ In Roanoke


One of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time is in the middle of a national tour, and it’s making a stop at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke. Don’t miss your chance to catch “Chicago” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $37 to $72, and that slip of paper will give you access to a show filled with murder, mayhem, and jazz.

About the Musical

Are you new to the world of Chicago? Buckle up because you’re in for quite a ride. It takes place in 1920s Chicago, and as the lyrics of the musical’s song “All that Jazz” state, “The gin is cold, but the piano’s hot.” Piano, horns, and strong voices will take you through the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.

Velma is a vaudeville star who’s been accused of murdering her sister and husband. Roxie is a wannabe star who is also in jail. She’s been accused of murdering her boyfriend.

Enter Billy Flynn, the star tap-dancing lawyer who has a knack for getting even the guiltiest of murderers off Murderess Row. Billy plays the media like a finely tuned piano, getting them to write the types of stories necessary to sway public opinion in favor of his clients.

During the musical, you’ll meet other inmates and hear their stories. Pay special attention to the song “Cell Block Tango.” All the women on Murderess Row get a solo and you learn how they all did… or didn’t… commit murder. Some claim innocence while others gleefully relive their crimes. You’ll be on the edge of your seat during the entire song as you take all the information in.

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What Happens After the Media Frenzy Ends?

The musical also focuses on what happens after the media frenzy ends. The news cycle goes crazy over the crime of the week, but eventually, even the most chilling of criminals lose their front-page spot. Once someone loses front-page status, what happens?

Roxie and Velma experience that, and they come up with a clever way to extend their five minutes of fame. You’ll be laughing a bit at the end when these two clever women manage to use murder as a selling point for their vaudeville act.

You’re going to get a taste of fortune and fame when you see “Chicago.” Drive a little closer to that feeling with a new vehicle from Berglund Automotive in Roanoke, Virginia. Your new vehicle will make you feel like a star, and that path to stardom will be much easier than the one Roxie takes in “Chicago.”