The legendary stage musical, based on a 1926 play by Maurine Watkins, gets an old-fashioned movie-musical treatment, tweaked and polished to the tastes of contemporary moviegoers. When this dark, casually cynical valentine to a pair of media-wise chippies who get away with murder opened in 1975, it was more admired than embraced, despite its Bob Fosse choreography, and music and lyrics by the celebrated team of John Kander and Fred Ebb; the friendlier A Chorus Line
swept the Tonys and became Broaway's longest-running musical. Twenty-seven years later, Chicago
's sting is gone (the 1996 theatrical revival opened in the wake of O.J. Simpson's sensational m...