Tuesday March 31, 2009 / 8:00pmChicago
Mezzanine Rows A-K
How was your experience?
My 16 year old daughter and I danced out of The National Theater on three feet of air. Deliciously wickedly wonderfully murderously delightful! Charlotte d'Ambroise is a tiny blonde jolt of pure energy, Terra C. MacLeod a sultry cell block star. John O'Hurley provides the big name, and he was sufficiently snaky in the role of Billy Flynn, suave and vile with that fabulous white hair. His comedic timing is perfection, and interaction with cast and band lively and engaging. I thought he'd showcase more of those famous new dancing skills, but no matter---the dancing by Roxie and Velma and all the boys and girls was brilliant. My daughter pointed out that this would have been a good musical to take the boyfriend/husband to, what with all the black fishnet and lingerie----the moves that the dancers pulled off were nothing short of miraculous. It's a good outing when your teenager whispers "thanks mom, can we do this again?!" We sat waaaay up at the top of the mezzanine, which may have accounted for the occasional lost vowel or word. However, the band was amazing, kudos to the solo violinist and the bounteous horn section. solo voices soared and swooned, with a full range of emotion and passion. Kevin Chamberlain should get a special shout out for being so visibile as the cellophane man, and Carol Woods was a crowd pleaser as the hypocritical Mama. Don't miss this show! And don't leave early to beat the traffic, as so many Washingtonians seem to feel they must do!!