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Some of the cast members of “Chicago”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Concertus Manila

Sophisticated, sinfully sexy ‘Chicago’ is coming to Manila

Some of the cast members of “Chicago”. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Concertus Manila

MANILA, Philippines—Manila is in for a sensational 2014 year-end treat as Broadway’s award-winning smash hit musical “Chicago” hits the country for the first time in a strictly limited season beginning December 2 this year, setting the stage sinfully ablaze in the country’s newest theatrical luxury hotspot, The Theatre at Solaire.

Dubbed by The Times, UK as “the sharpest, slickest show on the block,” the iconic Broadway and West End blockbuster is presented in Manila by Visa and Smart Infinity, in cooperation with Solaire Resort and Casino.

Featuring an all-star American cast coming directly from the US, “Chicago”’s very first Manila season is all set to ensnare hearts with its pulsating repertoire and timeless story of deception and cunning.

Forever changing the landscape of Broadway and the West End as a musical of legendary proportions, “Chicago”’s poignant and powerful music matches the dazzlingly slick choreography, all performed against a sharply sophisticated set. Audience’s imaginations are guaranteed to be captivated.

“’Chicago’ is a very clever, sophisticated, sexy show,” says Lunchbox Theatrical Productions CEO James Cundall “and because of this it has managed to maintain its longevity and sensuality throughout its blockbuster productions all over the world. The proof is the fact that it is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history”.

A scene from “Chicago,” the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Concertus Manila

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

With an irrepressibly thrilling book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, “Chicago’’s dazzling depiction of the scandalous decadence of the 1920s is vividly brought to life in an impeccable feast for the senses with stage direction by David Hyslop and choreography by David Bushman.

Time Magazine calls the show “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling it “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, the original New York Production was directed by Walter Bobbie and originally choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse. “Chicago” features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns and supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

SMART Infinity offers an exclusive package featuring 2 complimentary orchestra VIP tickets, the original cast album official soundtrack, plus a premium device for both new, and renewing members. Existing Smart Infinity members also enjoy priority booking, plus 10% off on tickets purchased between August 8 and September 8, 2014, by calling the SMART Infinity Worldwide Concierge at (02) 687-8338.

VISA cardholders will also have exclusive access to the 1-month priority booking. Cardholders can purchase their tickets from August 8 – September 8, 2014 with a 10% discount.

Solaire Resort and Casino’s new luxuriously styled 1760-seat Lyric Theatre with the latest state-of-the-art technical and stage facilities, plush fittings, and rich atmosphere will house world class Broadway shows, as well as local and international concert artists, ballet acts, speaker series and more.

CHICAGO, the West End and Broadway smash hit comes to Manila for the very first time. Strictly limited season from 02 to 21 December 2014, at The Theatre at Solaire. Presented in Manila by VISA and SMART Infinity, in cooperation with Solaire Resort and Casino. Brought to you by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, and Concertus Manila. Media partners Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, and Philippine Daily Inquirer. Book your tickets now thru TicketWorld. Call 891-9999 or visit

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