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All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Ethan Mordden


In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths, the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamor of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon—two of the greatest talents in the musical’s history—and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself. The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the publ ... More

Keywords: Chicago, Broadway, Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, Cecil B. DeMille, Ginger Rogers, American theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190651794
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190651794.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ethan Mordden, author