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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017

It’s all about celebrity. An imprisoned starlet, Roxy Hart (Kelly Felthous), fights to become a celebrity fast enough to be able to save her life. Sequins, blaring headlines, and fierce stockings ensue. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 34 years since Kander and Ebb's iconic musical last played in its namesake town, where audiences will laugh nervously when they hear that “The Cell Block Tango” is set inside Cook County Jail. But it’s finally back, and everything works in this razzle-dazzling production directed by William Osetek. Comparisons with the film adaptation are inevitable, but for my money Drury Lane’s version puts the corrupt social order of the play in a much more sober light than the movie does. Felthous, alongside Aléna Watters as Velma Kelly, heads up a superb cast predominantly of out-of-towners. —Max Maller

Price: $43-$60

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