History Trivia / Chicago

28th Nov '17 3:44:18 PM ClintEastwood
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** Creator/JenniferAniston, Creator/ChristinaApplegate, Creator/PatriciaArquette, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/CateBlanchett, Creator/SandraBullock, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, Creator/EllenDeGeneres, Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/JodieFoster, Creator/HeatherGraham, Creator/RachelGriffiths, Creator/AngieHarmon, Creator/HelenHunt, Creator/MillaJovovich, Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh, Creator/TeaLeoni, Creator/RhonaMitra, Creator/BebeNeuwirth, Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Creator/HilarySwank, Creator/MarisaTomei, and Creator/KateWinslet were considered for Roxie Hart.

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** Creator/JenniferAniston, Creator/ChristinaApplegate, Creator/PatriciaArquette, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/CateBlanchett, Creator/SandraBullock, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, Creator/EllenDeGeneres, Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/JodieFoster, Creator/HeatherGraham, Creator/RachelGriffiths, Creator/AngieHarmon, Creator/HelenHunt, Creator/MillaJovovich, Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh, Creator/TeaLeoni, Creator/RhonaMitra, Creator/BebeNeuwirth, Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Creator/HilarySwank, Creator/MarisaTomei, and Creator/KateWinslet were considered for Roxie Hart.



** Creator/MilosForeman and Creator/BazLuhrmann were offered the chance to direct.

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** Creator/MilosForeman Creator/MilosForman and Creator/BazLuhrmann were offered the chance to direct.
28th Nov '17 3:42:57 PM ClintEastwood
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28th Nov '17 3:42:56 PM ClintEastwood
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* AFIS100Years100Songs:
** #98, "All That Jazz"
* AFISGreatestMovieMusicals: #12
* AwardCategoryFraud: Catherine Zeta-Jones was nominated at the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress, even though the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago previously earned Bebe Neuwirth a Leading Tony.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Catherine Zeta-Jones was originally approached to play Roxie. Zeta-Jones asked "Who gets to sing 'All That Jazz'?" and when they said "Velma Kelly," she ''immediately'' requested to be cast as Velma, even though it was a smaller part, ''just'' so she could sing that song.

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* ActorInspiredElement: Creator/JohnCReilly is such a clown enthusiast he insisted on designing his own clown make-up for 'Mr. Cellophane'. It was also his idea to incorporate Amos' application of the make-up during the number.
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
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AFIS100Years100Songs:
** *** #98, "All That Jazz"
* ** AFISGreatestMovieMusicals: #12
* AwardCategoryFraud: Catherine Zeta-Jones Creator/CatherineZetaJones was nominated at the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress, even though the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago previously earned Bebe Neuwirth Creator/BebeNeuwirth a Leading Tony.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Catherine Zeta-Jones Creator/CatherineZetaJones was originally approached to play Roxie. Zeta-Jones asked "Who gets to sing 'All That Jazz'?" and when they said "Velma Kelly," she ''immediately'' requested to be cast as Velma, even though it was a smaller part, ''just'' so she could sing that song.



* DyeingForYourArt: An interesting example. Even though the script didn't call for it, Catherine Zeta Jones decided to cut her hair short for the role because she was afraid that her ordinarily long hair might obscure her face during the dancing scenes, making the audience think that she had a double doing her dancing for her. With the bob haircut that she wears in the movie, there's no doubt that it's really her.

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* DyeingForYourArt: An interesting example. Even though the script didn't call for it, Catherine Zeta Jones Creator/CatherineZetaJones decided to cut her hair short for the role because she was afraid that her ordinarily long hair might obscure her face during the dancing scenes, making the audience think that she had a double doing her dancing for her. With the bob haircut that she wears in the movie, there's no doubt that it's really her.



* TheOtherMarty: Charlize Theron was cast as Roxie when Nicholas Hytner was set to direct. After he dropped out, she had to audition again for Rob Marshall - and lost the part to Renee Zellweger.
* RealitySubtext: Renee Zellweger had no singing or dancing training before the movie, mirroring how Roxie is an inexperienced character who has to learn along the way.

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* HideYourPregnancy: Creator/CatherineZetaJones was actually a couple months pregnant in this film when she started to show they would sometimes use a body double from the back and then shoot her from waist up so you could not see the slight bump that started to appear in certain scenes.
* TheOtherMarty: Charlize Theron Creator/CharlizeTheron was cast as Roxie when Nicholas Hytner was set to direct. After he dropped out, she had to audition again for Rob Marshall - and lost the part to Renee Zellweger.
Creator/ReneeZellweger.
* RealitySubtext: Renee Zellweger Creator/ReneeZellweger had no singing or dancing training before the movie, mirroring how Roxie is an inexperienced character who has to learn along the way.



** Creator/HughJackman was offered the role of Billy Flynn, but he turned it down, as he felt that he was too young for the part. Later, he admitted that he regretted making that decision. John Travolta was repeatedly offered the part but kept turning it down. He too later said he regretted it.
** Film rights were bought back in the 1970s, with Bob Fosse to direct. Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/LizaMinelli and Music/FrankSinatra were announced as stars. Fosse's sudden death caused the project to be shelved.

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** Creator/HughJackman was offered the role of Billy Flynn, but he turned it down, as he felt that he was too young for the part. Later, he admitted that he regretted making that decision. John Travolta Creator/JohnTravolta was repeatedly offered the part but kept turning it down. He too later said he regretted it.
it. Other candidates were Creator/JohnCusack, Creator/KevinKline, Creator/SteveMartin and Creator/KevinSpacey.
** Film The film rights were bought back in the 1970s, with Bob Fosse Creator/BobFosse to direct. Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/LizaMinelli and Music/FrankSinatra were announced as stars. Fosse's sudden death caused the project to be shelved.shelved.
** Creator/JenniferAniston, Creator/ChristinaApplegate, Creator/PatriciaArquette, Creator/DrewBarrymore, Creator/CateBlanchett, Creator/SandraBullock, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, Creator/EllenDeGeneres, Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/JodieFoster, Creator/HeatherGraham, Creator/RachelGriffiths, Creator/AngieHarmon, Creator/HelenHunt, Creator/MillaJovovich, Creator/AshleyJudd, Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh, Creator/TeaLeoni, Creator/RhonaMitra, Creator/BebeNeuwirth, Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Creator/HilarySwank, Creator/MarisaTomei, and Creator/KateWinslet were considered for Roxie Hart.
** Music/{{Madonna}} was offered the role of Velma Kelly, but she was busy touring. Other candidates included Creator/ToniCollette, Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Music/JenniferLopez, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/GwynethPaltrow and Creator/WinonaRyder.
** Rob Marshall originally wanted Creator/KathyBates to play Matron Mama Norton, but she was scheduled to film ''Film/AboutSchmidt''. Music/{{Beyonce}} campaigned for the role. Other candidates included Creator/AnjelicaHuston, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, Creator/PamGrier and Creator/BetteMidler.
** Marshall wanted Creator/KeanuReeves for Amos Hart. Creator/CharlieSheen read for the part.
** Creator/MilosForeman and Creator/BazLuhrmann were offered the chance to direct.
2nd Jun '17 4:33:21 AM jormis29
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** Film rights were bought back in the 1970s, with Bob Fosse to direct. Goldie Hawn, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra were announced as stars. Fosse's sudden death caused the project to be shelved.

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** Film rights were bought back in the 1970s, with Bob Fosse to direct. Goldie Hawn, Liza Minelli Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/LizaMinelli and Frank Sinatra Music/FrankSinatra were announced as stars. Fosse's sudden death caused the project to be shelved.
20th Dec '16 6:58:51 AM NB2000
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* AwardCategoryFraud: Catherine Zeta-Jones was nominated at the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress, even though the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago previously earned Babe Neuworth a Leading Tony.

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* AwardCategoryFraud: Catherine Zeta-Jones was nominated at the Oscar and BAFTA awards for Best Supporting Actress, even though the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago previously earned Babe Neuworth Bebe Neuwirth a Leading Tony.
19th Jun '16 6:41:34 PM danlansdowne
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* ColbertBump: Of sorts. The 1996 revival was helped by the real-life O.J. Simpson trial, which highlighted celebrity, murder, and getting away with it.

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* ColbertBump: Of sorts. The 1996 revival was helped by the real-life O.J. Simpson trial, which highlighted celebrity, murder, and getting away with it. One program even described the show as "Outrageous in the 20s, scandalous in the 70s, and now just reads like a documentary."
3rd Jun '16 10:24:20 PM ImJustHere
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* CreatorBacklash: The author of the original play, Maurine Dallas Watkins, was a devout Christian from a small town. She was so perturbed by the trials that led to the creation the play that she quit her job as a reporter covering murder trials to become a playwright, beginning with Chicago.
** She would later refuse to sell the play to Bob Fosse, whose wife had asked him to turn it into a musical. Some speculate that this is due to her reluctance to revisit it, likely because she feels guilty for getting the women acquitted due to her reporting. Fosse and his partners did not get the rights until she died, when her estate sold them to Fosse.




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** The woman Roxie was based on did not attend the original play, instead dying two years after the release of the play from pneumonia. However, she did indeed fake a pregnancy during the trial and divorced her husband shortly after the trial ended.
** Mary Sunshine is based on the "sob sisters" originated by the Hearst Newspaper company to write sympathetic stories for the accused women. This angle on the murder trials helped sell papers, leading other papers to take up the strategy.
** There was indeed a woman convicted partially due to her inability to speak English. In reality, she was Italian, not Hungarian. She was later shown to be innocent.
15th May '16 11:04:02 PM PaulA
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** Creator/CatherineZetaJones was originally approached to play Roxie, but wanted to play Velma because of the song "All That Jazz".
15th May '16 7:12:17 PM fearlessnikki
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* FakeNationality: Katalin Helinski (the Hunyak) is a ''Hungarian'' character with a ''Polish'' surname played by a ''Russian'' actress.

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* FakeNationality: Katalin Helinski (the Hunyak) is a ''Hungarian'' character with a ''Polish'' surname played by a ''Russian'' actress. She also speaks a line of Russian briefly in the film after saying the rest in Hungarian.
* TheOtherMarty: Charlize Theron was cast as Roxie when Nicholas Hytner was set to direct. After he dropped out, she had to audition again for Rob Marshall - and lost the part to Renee Zellweger.
* RealitySubtext: Renee Zellweger had no singing or dancing training before the movie, mirroring how Roxie is an inexperienced character who has to learn along the way.



** Music/BritneySpears was supposed to play the heiress in this movie.
** Creator/HughJackman was offered the role of Billy Flynn, but he turned it down, as he felt that he was too young for the part. Later, he admitted that he regretted making that decision.

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** Music/BritneySpears was supposed to play the heiress in this movie.
movie. Mandy Moore likewise auditioned but was turned down for being too young.
** Creator/HughJackman was offered the role of Billy Flynn, but he turned it down, as he felt that he was too young for the part. Later, he admitted that he regretted making that decision. John Travolta was repeatedly offered the part but kept turning it down. He too later said he regretted it.
** Film rights were bought back in the 1970s, with Bob Fosse to direct. Goldie Hawn, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra were announced as stars. Fosse's sudden death caused the project to be shelved.
26th Apr '16 6:20:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Music/TheBeachBoys Al Jardine, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson]] were recruited by Peter Cetera to add the Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies for "Wishing You Were Here" on ''Chicago VII''.
** TheBeeGees sing backup on "Little Miss Lovin'" from ''Hot Streets,'' and The Pointer Sisters do the same on "Skinny Boy" from ''Chicago VII''(the song is also found on Robert Lamm's solo album of the same name).



* CreatorCameo: Chita Rivera has a couple lines in the scene before Mama Morton arrives.



* HeyItsThatGuy / CreatorCameo: Chita Rivera has a couple lines in the scene before Mama Morton arrives.
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