Boasting their 13 nominations, the moviemusical has a number of "making of" features broadcasting over a number of cable networks and the internet. VH1 premieres the one-hour "Behind the Movie: Chicago" — a spin on their "Behind the Music" series which features "never-before-seen footage and interviews." (Future episodes of "Behind the Movie" will feature the movies of "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease", both of which had stage incarnations.)
The Independent Film Channel (IFC), Bravo and A&E are all also running a 30-minute behind-the-scenes featurette "Making of Chicago" on their perspective networks. For those who may not have cable, do not fear as a behind-the-scenes documentary is available online at IFILM.
The IFILM feature titled "Reinventing an American Art Form" features scenes from the movie interspliced with interviews including everyone from director Marshall and screenwriter Bill Condon to stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly to the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb to designers, crew and producers Neil Meron and Marty Richards.
Also featured in the featurette is rehearsal footage — including a side by side comparison to the final cut — taken from the six-week period in which the movie went from page to film. Viewers get the chance to see musical numbers being choreographed as well as songs being recorded in a studio. The mini-movie ends with a music video of the show's signature song "All That Jazz" as sung by Zeta-Jones and the ensemble — Which airs in regular rotation on VH1. (And as with the full length movie, the end credits roll over the new Oscar-nominated song "I Move On.")
To view the in-depth featurette on "Chicago," visit www.ifilm.com. A "making of" feature can be seen every day leading up to Oscar night, March 23 (and even past). A compiled TV schedule follows: (Check your local listings, subject to change)