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Bob Fosse, John Kander, and Fred Ebb's 1975 Broadway musical, about two burlesque bimbos who parlay criminal notoriety into showbiz stardom, is likely to reach a new audience on the strength of its Oscar-winning film version. Viewers familiar only with the movie, however, may be surprised by the lean theatricality and stark visuals of this concert-style touring revival by director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking. Hot licks from the onstage jazz band, a strong ensemble of singing dancers, Brenda Braxton's whiplash comic timing and muscular sexuality as husband-killing showgirl Velma Kelly, and Tom Wopat's big baritone and bluff charm as her mouthpiece, Billy Flynn, are among the highlights of this cynical satire of corruption and celebrity. Through 12/4: Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400, $25-$78. Closing.

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