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Volume 27: Janina Sujeta (2011): Real to Reel: The History of Maurine Dallas Watkins’s Stage Satire Chicago

Heartland 27 / WVT 2011

ISBN 978-3-86821-306-5

€ 15,00 $ 20,00

The satirical play Chicago written by Maurine Dallas Watkins started as a series of newspaper articles published by the Chicago Tribune in 1924. Only two years later, it was adapted for the theater stage and several stage and movie productions have followed ever since. Today, Chicago is one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. The 2002 movie adaptation directed by Rob Marshall was a huge commercial success and the first movie musical awarded with an Oscar for Best Picture in almost forty years. But what is it that makes Chicago a truly timeless piece still captivating audiences all over the world?

The purpose of this work is to answer this question and to provide necessary background information about the young author Maurine Dallas Watkins, the real stories behind Chicago and the reasons for the young journalist to turn the articles she had written into a stage satire about murder, greed, violence and the cult of celebrity in our media-crazed society. This also includes a close examination of the social and cultural background of the years between 1920 and 1930, the so called Roaring Twenties. In addition, this work will give an overview of the different textual and theatrical versions of the satire. Finally, the 2002 movie adaptation directed by Rob Marshall will be depicted in further detail.

133 pp., 36 fig.

 

Content

0 Introduction 1

1 The Relevance of Cultural Studies in Translating and Interpreting 5

2 Methods and Techniques of Research 8

3 History: The United States and Chicago in the Roaring Twenties 10

3.1 Music, Jazz, and Entertainment 11

3.2 Dances of the Jazz Age 16

3.3 The New Woman 18

3.3.1 Women’s Fashion in the 1920s 18

3.3.2 The Flapper: A 1920’s Phenomenon 19

3.3.3 The New Woman and Work 20

3.3.4 Women’s Sexuality 22

3.4 Prohibition 23

3.4.1 The Development of National Prohibition 23

3.4.2 Realization and Consequences of Prohibition 27

3.4.3 Liquor Providers during Prohibition 28

3.4.4 Repealing National Prohibition 30

3.4.5 Prohibition and Temperance in Chicago 31

3.5 Organized Crime in the 1920s 32

3.6 At a Glance: 1920s Politics 34

3.7 The 1920s Clash of Cultures 36

3.8 The Final Years of the Decade 36

4 Chicago  37

4.1 Chicago: A Plot Summary 38

4.1.1 All that Jazz 38

4.1.2 Funny Honey 39

4.1.3 When You’re Good to Mama 41

4.1.4 Cell Block Tango 42

4.1.5 All I Care About 44

4.1.6 We Both Reached for the Gun 45

4.1.7 Roxie  46

4.1.8 I Can’t Do It Alone 47

4.1.9 Chicago After Midnight 47

4.1.10 Mr. Cellophane 48

4.1.11 Razzle Dazzle 49

4.1.12 A Tap Dance 51

4.1.13 Nowadays/ Hot Honey Rag 52

4.2 Chicago: The Real Story Behind the Movie 54

4.2.1 Maurine Dallas Watkins 55

4.2.2 The Case of Belva Gaertner 58

4.2.3 The Case of Beulah Annan 60

4.2.4 Chicago and the Chicago Tribune Articles that Inspired It 63

5 Real to Reel: The History of Chicago 65

5.1 Right from the Headlines: Maurine Dallas Watkins’s Play 65

5.2 Chicago - A Musical Vaudeville 69

5.2.1 Bob Fosse 74

5.2.2 John Kander and Fred Ebb 75

6 At a Glance: The American Musical 79

7 Chicago: Filming the Musical 88

7.1 Finding a Director 88

7.1.1 Chicago’s Gordian Knot 90

7.1.2 The Solution for Chicago 90

7.2 Finding a Screenwriter

7.3 Finding the Right Cast 92

7.4 Choreography 96

7.5 Music 98

7.6 Further Steps of Pre-Production 100

7.6.1 The Onyx Theater 101

7.6.2 Roxie Hart’s Street  103

7.6.3 The Courtroom 105

7.6.4 The Chicago Theater  106

7.6.5 Costume Design  107

7.7 Filming Chicago 109

7.8 Commercial Success, Awards, and Nominations 110

8 "Razzle Dazzle" 112

8.1 "Razzle Dazzle": Scene and Lyrics 112

8.2 "Razzle Dazzle": Message 115

9 Conclusion 116

10 Bibliography 118

10.1 Books 118

10.2 Dictionaries 121

10.3 Journals and Magazines 121

10.4 Video and Audio Media 121

10.5 Internet Sources 122

10.6 List of Figures 126

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