May 26, 2014
Chicago, the Musical: Skip the Movie, See it on Stage
There's no beefcake, not even an undone button, just lots of women in slinky leather outfits gyrating like exotic dancers.
And the lesbian angle is only hinted at, briefly.
The plot: during the 1920s, Roxy Hart (Rene Zellweger) is arrested for murdering her lover, and sent to Cook County Jail in Chicago to await her trial. She becomes a cause celebre, and draws the attention of glitterati lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), to the consternation of his previous client, celebrity murderess Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Finally Roxie is acquitted, but she misses the limelight, so she and Velma team up to do a celebrity-murderess act.
Yawn. Why couldn't Richard Gere at least have taken his shirt off?
Well, it's still stage bound, of course, but prison matron Mama Morton is definitely a lesbian, who helps Roxy in exchange for sexual favors.
And there's lots of beefcake, male dancers along with the women strutting their stuff with fedoras and jazz hands.
You're not going to see a high school or community college production anytime soon, but it's worth checking out in the various national tours.