titolochicagoetichettaepicn. dischi1data7 febbraio 2003supportocd audiogenerepop e rock internazionalecolonne sonore----brani1. overture/and all that jazz - catherine zeta-jones / renee zellweger / taye diggs2. funny honey - renee zellweger / reilly, john c. / colm feore3. when you're good to mama - queen latifah / taye diggs4. cell block tango - catherine zeta-jones / susan misner / deidre goodwin5. all i care about - richard gere / renee zellweger6. we both reached for the gun - christine baranski / cleve asbury / shaun amyot7. roxie - renee zellweger8. i can't do it alone - catherine zeta-jones / taye diggs9. mister cellophane - john c. reilly10. razzle dazzle - richard gere11. class - catherine zeta-jones / queen latifah -12. nowadays (roxie) - renee zellweger / taye diggs13. nowadays/hot honey rag medley title - renee zellweger / catherine zeta-jones / taye diggs14. i move on - catherine zeta-jones / renee zellweger15. after midnight - danny elfmann16. roxie's suite - danny elfman17. cell block tango / he had it comin' - queen latifah / lil' kim / macy gray18. love is a crime - anastacia
The movie version of Kander and Ebb's Chicago
was long in the making but its well worth the wait. Director Rob Marshall's main change was to turn the classic musical numbers into fantasy sequences, but of course this isn't obvious on CD. Most importantly, the arrangements are bursting with life while being true to the show's spirit, and the casting is simply inspired.
Catherine Zeta Jones actually started her career on the British boards (she was in The Pajama Game and 42nd Street) so her turn as slinky Velma Kelly isn't that surprising; Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart is more of a leftfield choice but she shows she can handle the singing demands with pizzazz. The real revelation may well be rapper Queen Latifah, who belts out "When You're Good to Mama" with a marvelous affinity for the material.
Okay, so the R&B reprise of "Cell Block Tango/He Had It Coming" by Queen Latifah, Macy Gray, and Lil' Kim fails to convince, while Anastacia's "Love is a Crime" is just bland (rest easy, purists, it's over the end credits). On the other hand, the CD provides two bonuses: "Class," which was cut from the movie, and "I Move On," a great duet written by Kander and Ebb for the final cut. It's really easy to mess up film adaptations of Broadway shows: happily, Chicago proves it can be done right. --Elisabeth Vincentelli