The "making of" 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. (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.
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 recently reopened at the Ambassador Theatre Jan. 29 after a lengthy run at the Shubert.