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2003-02-08 18:09:17+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Went to see Chicago yesterday evening. Mostly watchable, but the second act really drags, the music has no soul, and Renée Zellweger's lip synching was intrusive at times. It really sounded like the band and the conductor were going through the motions, phoning in their performances.

But the dancing and the costumes got us in the mood for some cabaret, so we dropped into the city. Soup and salad at Rock Soup[Wiki](I love food prices in The Mission), where the band for the evening showed us good timing, then over to the Odeon to see Kitten on the Keys and Mr. Tinkler open for the Devil-ettes doing interpretive dance to the music of Harvey Sid Fisher. Kitten and Mr. Tinkler did mostly the old favorites that we'd seen before (some samples here), with a new ode to the Hello Kitty Vibrator[Wiki] that was... unrehearsed, and I mean that in a good way. Unfortunately, Harvey Sid Fisher[Wiki] and the Devil-ettes[Wiki] ended up on the lower stage, and we didn't find the music compelling enough to watch on the overhead TVs from our table, so we bailed towards home.

Oh, and since most of my drinking has been up in the financial district recently, I'd forgotten what a real bartender can do with a Manhattan.

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#Comment made: 2003-02-08 20:19:13+00 by: alwin

I was listening to an interview with the director of the film on Fresh Aire, and I remember him saying that Renee' (surprisingly) was able to sing her own parts. I don't think it was a lip synch. (Sorry, couldn't find a pointer to the interview on the Fresh Aire web site).

#Comment made: 2003-02-08 20:28:42+00 by: Dan Lyke

Even if it was her voice (which I don't doubt), I'm sure that the song was recorded in a studio, not while dancing.

#Comment made: 2003-02-10 18:28:30+00 by: petronius

You are correct. The last time somebody tried to record live singing while the cameras were rolling was Peter Bogdonavitch's At Long Last Love, a truly excreable movie. I kind of liked Chicago, although seeing Gere, Zellweger and Zita-Jones sing and dance is to some degree like the dog walking on its hind legs. You are not amazed that they do it well, just that they do it at all. Jones is a dish, and you can see the Bob fosse pedigree in all the writhing taking place on the screen. I'm glad that musicals might be coming back in a modest way. First Moulon Rouge, then this--a nice mini-trend.

#Comment made: 2003-02-11 14:08:06+00 by: ghasty

I went to see Chicago kicking and screaming but actually enjoyed it. I had tried to sit thru Moulon Rouge but couldn't make it past the first 20 minutes and was afraid that Chicago would leave me the same way. A very pleasent surprise, I thought

#Comment made: 2003-02-12 01:08:35+00 by: ebradway

I prefer this variation on the Manhattan. You were seriously spoiled if you were getting it based on that recipe you linked too...