04 Jul ASPEN TIMES: Theatre Aspen roars into 38th season with exuberant production of ‘Chicago
Few industries have been harder hit by the pandemic than the performing arts, and none more so than the theater. Theater needs a live audience for survival the way a deep-sea diver needs an oxygen tank. So when the curtain went up Thursday night on “Chicago: the Musical” — launching Theatre Aspen’s 38th season — it was as if 15 months of bottled-up talent, passion and longing all came rushing out in one big jubilant wave. For the next 100 minutes (the show runs sans intermission) a rapt, audibly gleeful audience was swept aloft by this air-tight production of Broadway’s iconic, Tony Award-winning musical.
In terms of sheer entertainment value, there’s little not to love about “Chicago,” and kudos to Theatre Aspen producing director Jed Bernstein for christening the return to new normal with it.