[Dixielandjazz] Re: Chicago

Nancy Giffin nancyink at ulink.net
Tue Mar 18 12:57:21 PST 2003

>   From: "Bill Haesler" <bhaesler at nsw.bigpond.net.au>
>   Dear Pat, Elazar and Jim B
>   (and others who took issue with my 'Chicago- the musical' put-down).
>   I have not seen the film...


>   However, last year we did go to the brilliantly produced stage production
>   here in Sydney (at $90 a ticket, which hurt!)

DOUBLE AHA! (and ouch!)
My dear Bill, don't let the sting of that mis-spent $90 ruin it for you.
This picture can be very good for the future of OKOM, so we should promote
it, esp. to younger folks. Roger Krum would be wise to find a Sacramento
dance studio interested in performing "All That Jazz" as an opener for their
larger venues, making sure the local newspaper has a photo of a dress
rehearsal to grace the cover of their entertainment section, thereby drawing
a whole new audience to the Jubilee. ;)

>   Why would I bother with the film version (even at seniors' club prices)?

Yes, Bill, I understand you and other OKOMers may have complaints about the
music, but this is not merely a soundtrack; it's a movie, and the pleasure
of the visuals might counter any DIS-pleasure from the music.
I'm hoping my sex/drugs/rock 'n roll siblings will see this movie and come
away with a different attitude towards our "Dad's music." I've tried
unsuccessfully to convey to them how much there is to this music, including
sex appeal. Now enter the movie, "Chicago," stage right: I'm sure that after
they view (experience!) the opening scene, I won't need to say any more. I
myself sat there watching it last Saturday, and I thought, "Jeez! If this is
how the rest of the movie is going to be, then I'll be wanting to grab my
date and leave," though not for the same reason Bill wanted to leave! ;)

Go see it, Bill my friend, and if you don't like it, I'll send you a refund.

Love and hugs,

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