Night & Day

August 6 - 12, 1998

Tuesday
August 11
The Great White Way has begun to reclaim its nickname in recent years. After years of churning out sorry, moth-eaten shows for the benefit of the tourist trade, Broadway's been on an artistic roll this decade; think Angels in America, Rent, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, Kiss of the Spider Woman, those excellent revivals of Show Boat and Carousel. Another member of Broadway's new generation -- and another revival -- is the red-hot remake of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago (Kander and Ebb also wrote Spider Woman). Chicago choreographer Ann Reinking won a '97 Tony for her work, drawing on Bob Fosse's original staging and his "unique and sexy dance vocabulary" for the updated version of the Roaring Twenties vehicle. Alan Thicke stars as fast-talking (and singing) attorney Billy Flynn; Belle Calaway plays his charge, murderess-turned-vaudevillian Roxie Hart. The score includes "All That Jazz," "Mr. Cellophane" and "Razzle Dazzle." Performances are at 8 tonight and Wednesday. The production continues through August 16. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-3974. $43.50 to $49.50 (Ticketmaster: 629-3700). (Clay McNear)

Wednesday
August 12
Purse Building Studios continues to bring cutting-edge international art to Houston with "Miki Bunge: New Works." The German visual artist, whose resume includes a stint in medical school, has performed and shown work throughout Europe for ten years. The show is part of a series of contemporary German artists through The Gallery Roesch, which was founded in 1991 in WYrzburg, and whose owner moved to Houston in 1996. Preview the exhibition on-line at www.pursebuilding.com or, better yet, come to tonight's reception from 79 p.m. The show continues through August 31 at 1701 Commerce. (Liz Belile)

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