Chicago Brings Its 1920s Razzle-Dazzle Back to Houston
Paige Davis has mastered the role of Roxie Hart.
Photo by Len Prince
The leading ladies are lying con artists and murderers. Despite this, the audience is expected to root for them in the Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander now-classic musical Chicago.
Paige Davis plays Roxie, the homemaker and would-be nightclub dancer with a heart of cold, who kills her lover and hires a lawyer to get her out of jail and trouble and competes for his, and the world's attention, with her cell mate rival Velma Kelly.
"Roxie thinks she's at the end of her chances in life," says Davis adding that the lying and the killing to achieve recognition in the Prohibition-era setting are more than relevant today with "this country's relationship with celebrity and fame and getting it at all costs."
Davis, known as the host of Trading Spaces (TLC), Home and Family (Hallmark) and 2013 Emmy-nominated for Home Made Simple (OWN) says most of her background is in theater (tours in Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Charity) and Chicago which she's performed in off and on since 1998 including most recently on Broadway.
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Audiences still come to see Chicago, she says, because "The show is very sexy and it's really, really, really good. The music in Chicago is unforgettable. The production is brilliant. People really know the songs and love the show."
Davis (an SMU graduate by the way) says she absolutely confirmed at age 13, she wanted to be in musical theater when she saw Bebe Neuwirth in Sweet Charity and decided that was who she most wanted to emulate. Years later, Davis was in the ensemble of a Chicago production in which Neuwirth played Velma and she got the chance to say thanks for inspiring her.
Chicago's revisit to Houston is a quick six-day trip so line up quickly if you want to go. Performances run November 12-17. For information, call 800-982-2787 or visit BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or the hobbycenter.org.
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