The new Executive Director of San Diego Musical Theatre directs, choreographs, acts, sings, and creates
Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Oct. 8
A first-rate production of Bob Fosse's "musical vaudeville"/tirade. As he decries the loss of standards and a world gone low-brow, Fosse stages the very thing he loathes. In Prohibition-era Chicago, "murder has become a form of entertainment." And Chicago entertains throughout. Director Ray Limon has an instinctive feel for the material and has cast accordingly. The ensemble work's terrific, Justin Gray's five-piece band cooks, and as the anti-heroines Velma Gray and Roxie Hart, Natalie Nucci and Adrienne Storrs do at least a month's worth of aerobics in two-plus hours and fill every frame with vitality, obvious talent, and gone, jaded eyes loaded with attitude.