History Trivia / Chicago

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.
26th Nov '15 4:56:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* CutSong: A few from the stage show, the most notable being Velma's "I Know a Girl", Roxie and Velma's "My Own Best Friend", and Velma and Mama Morton's "Class". The latter was actually recorded for the film and included on the soundtrack album, but cut from the original print for time.
9th Oct '15 11:51:58 AM smittykins
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** TheBeeGees sing backup on "Little Miss Lovin'" from ''Hot Streets,'' and The Pointer Sisters do the same on "Skinny Boy" from ''Chicago VII''(and is also found on Robert Lamm's so,o album of the same name).

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** TheBeeGees sing backup on "Little Miss Lovin'" from ''Hot Streets,'' and The Pointer Sisters do the same on "Skinny Boy" from ''Chicago VII''(and VII''(the song is also found on Robert Lamm's so,o solo album of the same name).
9th Oct '15 11:50:23 AM smittykins
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** TheBeeGees sing backup on "Little Miss Lovin'" from ''Hot Streets,'' and The Pointer Sisters do the same on "Skinny Boy" from ''Chicago VII''(and is also found on Robert Lamm's so,o album of the same name).
27th May '15 11:01:31 PM DrOO7
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* StuntCasting: The revival has become known for casting well known actors and singers in the three lead roles.
15th May '15 1:14:27 AM bt8257
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TheBeachBoys Al Jardine, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson]] were recruited by Peter Cetera to provide the Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies for "Wishing You Were Here" on ''Chicago VII''.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TheBeachBoys [[Music/TheBeachBoys Al Jardine, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson]] were recruited by Peter Cetera to provide add the Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies for "Wishing You Were Here" on ''Chicago VII''.
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