Wednesday, January 13, 2010

1/13: Chicago opens at Palace Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Onetime reality-TV star Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is most famous for a couple of gaffes she made early in her musical career. First there was the failed lip-sync incident on Saturday Night Live, which was quickly followed by an off-key performance at the Rose Bowl. She eventually found some redemption onstage as accused murderess Roxie Hart in a London production of Chicago. But then she got married, had a baby and took some time off. Now she’s back, reprising her role as Roxie in the U.S. touring production of Chicago. The musical includes a scene where Roxie gives a press conference, mouthing the words of her lawyer, who’s spinning a new version of reality. And when she’s in prison awaiting trial, Roxie tells people she’s pregnant to get her name back in the headlines. How’s that for perfect casting? It runs through January 24 at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre (1615 Euclid Ave., 216.241.6000). Tonight’s curtain is at 7:30. Tickets: $10-$65. — Michael Gill

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