It was so cool to see "All That Jazz" because as I talked about in my last post, I learned the choreography from the show's dance captain last week during one of our master classes. I was doing the whole dance in my head as I was watching the performers. The difference between the way we danced it in class and the way it was performed on stage was that the dancers in the show were much more subtle. When you think of Chicago and Fosse choreography, you probably think smooth, sexy, and sultry. As dancers, we are trained to make every movement and facial expression large so that even the people in the back row can see. You need to do the complete opposite to pull off "All That Jazz". The dancers had no facial expressions except for the way they spoke the message with their eyes. The movement was very small and isolated, so if there was a hip thrust, the pelvis was the only part that moved. David Kent told us in our master class that the purpose is to make the audience feel uncomfortable and unsure of what is going to happen. I also believe that it is choreographed that way because "All That Jazz" is the first number and so the show grows from that point on. When it starts off so subtle and subdued, the climax and the finale of the show seem much bigger and bolder. This makes the audience even more excited about it compared to if the show were on that level the whole time.
Kara Dioguardi as Roxie Hart and Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly
To summarize the show, it was a wonderful first Broadway experience and I am so thankful that I got to be part of the audience. Not only did we get tickets half price by going to the box office the morning of the show, but they were in the second row! It could not have been more perfect. Brody put it this way: "It was like those 2 and a half hours flew by because I was so into it." Kara Dioguardi from American Idol is playing Roxie until the end of October and I would highly recommend seeing her perform. If you can't make it before that time, I would still suggest seeing this show at some point. Just make sure you either watch the movie or read the synopsis before you go so you know what's going on, and then simply enjoy :)