''Chicago'' is a must-see for fall 2002
WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Because the film version of the Kander – Ebb – Fosse stage musical has been teased for so long. With Richard Gere playing Johnny Cochran to Renée Zellweger’s O.J., this could continue the offbeat musical film revival that started with ”Moulin Rouge.”
SOURCE MATERIAL ”Chicago,” London and Broadway’s long-running spin on Jazz Age cynicism — which won a 1997 Tony for Bebe Neuwirth. If Thelma and Louise could sing, dance, and fit into ultraskimpy corsets with fishnet stockings and 6-inch heels, ”Chicago” would be their musical — after they get caught, that is.
WHAT’S NEW The cast. Joining Gere and Zellweger are Catherine Zeta-Jones, John C. Reilly, Mya, and Christine Baranski as dragster Mary Sunshine.
IN THEIR WORDS ”It’s about the perversity of celebrity,” says director Rob Marshall. ”And about the hunger to have your 15 minutes.”
COME FOR The catfight
STAY FOR John C. Reilly doing the ”Mister Cellophane” number