Producer: Marty Richards
2003 wins: Golden Globe (musical/comedy)
Box office: $64 million (as of 2/9)
Richards on “Chicago’s” move from stage to screen: “I thought there would never be another Roxie Hart. There’s never been anyone that has ever matched Gwen Verdon until Renee, and now she gives it a whole different dimension as an actress as well. I’m thrilled to death. I really am. ”
What we said: “The fundamental conundrum of how to sell a traditional musical to audiences unaccustomed to characters bursting into song was solved by (Bill) Condon’s script, which reimagines the numbers as the fruit of a stage-struck chorine’s rich fantasy life, intercutting them with the parallel reality the songs narrate.” — David Rooney (Dec. 10)
What others said: “Director Rob Marshall, a Broadway pro with solid TV credits, makes a smashing debut in features. And Bill Condon (‘Gods and Monsters’) deserves cheers for a hilarious, hard-assed script that sees the musical numbers as fantasies, Roxie’s way to escape the cold, cruel world.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
This could be the night: Now that the musical is back (thank you, “Moulin Rouge”) “Chicago” is hitting home runs with both voters and moviegoers.
Then comes the rub: Musicals may be in tune now, but dramas still reign. The last musical to win a best picture Oscar was “Oliver!” in 1968.