and Gentleman, you are about to see a story about murder,
greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and
treachery—all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.”
The vaudevillian MC’s opening lines in Chicago set
the tone for the tale that unfolds. The smash musical is
based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins,
inspired by real events she covered.
The story, which takes place largely in Cook County women’s
jail, revolves around Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer with
big aspirations who murders her lover, and the soft-shoeing
of her shrewd lawyer, who turns her into Chicago’s biggest
Created by John Kander and Fred Ebb (writers of Cabaret
and Kiss of the Spider Woman) and choreographed by
Bob Fosse, Chicago zings with the all the sass, sex
and wit of prohibition Chicago, set to unforgettable music,
and “jazz hands” and shimmies only Fosse could concoct.
Troika Entertainment Company’s national tour of Chicago
brings all that jazz to the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave.,
Albany) tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) at 7:30 PM. Tickets
are $24-$45. For more information or to make reservations,
can we say about the Queers? Well for one thing, there have
been, and still are, lots of them. In fact, there have been
more than 20 different members of the Queers, including
such interesting folks as former drummer Dave ‘Sexual Predator’
Trevino and current guitarist-vocalists, Dangerous Dave
and Joe Queer. Originally formed in 1982 in New Hampshire,
the Ramones-influenced punks enjoyed brief success before,
in best early punk fashion, breaking up two years later.
In 1990 they re-formed to bring back the Queeritude and
have since recorded a number of albums including Beat
Oh, and all of the current Queers are straight. Not that
there’s anything special about that.
The Queers will attempt to rock your socks—and hopefully
a few more things—off at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.,
Albany) tonight (Thursday, Jan. 10) at 8 PM. Also on the
bill are Backseat Virgins, Kitty Little, Plastic Jesus and
Sugar Eater. Tickets are $10. Call 432-6572 for more info.
brand-new adaptation of this well-loved story is set in
a city very much like Albany. A dragon emerges—after, we
presume, quite a long nap—from the basement of an apartment
building. Does it want to breath fire, fight or lay waste
to the neighborhood? No. This is a friendly dragon would
prefer to “write poetry and discuss literature.”
Sounds like our kid of dragon; judging from the picture,
he’s pretty suave looking, too. Naturally, some meddling
folks want to start trouble, and call in the “St. George
Pest Removal and Extermination Service.” Count us as rooting
for the lit-minded dragon to find a peaceful solution.
Reluctant Dragon opens tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 11) at
7 PM at Steamer No. 10 Theatre (500 Western Ave., Albany).
There are additional performances Saturday (Jan. 12) at
3 PM and Sunday (Jan. 13) at 11 AM and 3 PM. There will
be more performances between Jan. 21 and 30 at the Steamer
No. 10 Theatre, and on Jan. 26 and 27 at the Saratoga Arts
Center (Dee Sarno Theater, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs).
Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. For show
times and information, call 438-5503.