James Holmes

Showtunes Sing-Off - Jury Duty Edition: 'Cell Block Tango'

Filed By James Holmes | November 13, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Bebe Neuwirth, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago, Chita Rivera, Glee, Jury Duty, movies, Original Broadway Cast, Original Broadway Revival Cast, Original London Cast, Showtunes, Showtunes Sing-Off, Sing-off, Ute Lemper

Chicagomusicalposter.jpgWith Bil out this week for jury duty - and my partner heading off to jury duty tomorrow - I thought this would be the perfect subject for a sing-off.

I've only ever seen Chicago in its movie form - which seemed to satisfy fans, but I still hope to see its never ending revival.

"Cell Block Tango" makes murder sexy - and that's what I call entertainment. Mix in Fosse and you have something grotesquely brilliant.

As far as my favorite version, I still side with the movie because that was my first encounter, but all the cast recordings are so strong it is difficult to choose.

Check out the clips below and let me know what you think. Who makes murder the hottest? Who sang it best? Who had it coming?

Original Broadway Cast (1975) - Chita Rivera

Original Broadway Revival Cast (1996) - Bebe Neuwirth

Original London Revival Cast (1998) - Ute Lemper

Movie Version (2002) - Catherine Zeta-Jones


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