"Chicago" Soundtrack Sales Down for Third Week in Release

News   "Chicago" Soundtrack Sales Down for Third Week in Release After a week in second place on the Billboard charts, the soundtrack to "Chicago" slipped to sixth place during its third week in release.

According to the Billboard charts, the recording of the Kander and Ebb songs by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere sold 79,000 units, 14 percent less than the previous week. To date, the Epic soundtrack has sold 255,000 copies. The top seller of the week was The Dixie Chicks' "Home," which sold 104,000 copies. Others in the top five include Norah Jones' "Come Away with Me," Zwan's "Mary Star of the Sea" and Avril Lavigne's "Let Go."

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Featuring a star-studded cast led by Zellweger (Roxie Hart), Zeta-Jones (Velma Kelly) and Gere (Billy Flynn), the "Chicago" company also includes John C. Reilly (Amos Hart), Dominic West (Fred Caseley), Christine Baranski (Mary Sunshine), Queen Latifah (Mama Morton) as well as Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Lucy Liu, Mya, Marc Calamia, Deidre Goodwin, Sebastian La Cause, Mary Ann Lamb and a cameo from original Chicago star Chita Rivera.

Marshall, the choreographer of Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman and the revivals of Damn Yankees, She Loves Me, Cabaret and Little Me, directed the $45 million film, his motion-picture debut. Bill Condon wrote the "Chicago" screenplay for Miramax Studios, and the film's cinematographer was Dion Beebe. The Tony-winning lighting team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer lit the film. John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, which features such songs as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," "Class" and "Nowadays," debuted on Broadway in June 1975 with choreography by the late Bob Fosse and a cast led by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach. The Tony winning revival opened in November 1996 with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey and James Naughton in the lead roles. Featuring direction by Walter Bobbie and choreography by Reinking "in the style of Bob Fosse," the musical satire reopened at the Ambassador Theatre Jan. 29.