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Comments about the soundtrack for Chicago (Elfman/Kander/Ebb)

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Re: Not as good as Moulin Rouge
• Posted by: Eric
• Date: Thursday, February 13, 2003, at 11:50 p.m.
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• In Response to: Not as good as Moulin Rouge (GDarklighter)

> Not as melodious and beautiful as Moulin Rouge. They are totally different
> musicals altogether. One is about Love, the other is about lies, deceit,
> and murder.

Agreed. They ARE totally different musicals altogether. The problem with many filmgoers who aren't accustomed to the old movie musicals of the past and/or the visceral experience of actual live theatre will make this lazy comparison. "Moulin Rouge" (a great movie don't get me wrong, even though Baz totally butchered "La Boheme" on stage making it the operatic equivalent of a Big Mac), is a patchwork musical made up of AM Gold, FM Top 40 and Easy Listening Songs. "Chicago" on the other hand actually has a full-on original score that survives the test of time. A show written in 1975, An award-winning revival, countless roadshows, and now, a hit movie, only proves how strong a piece this is. The beauty of "Chicago" lies in Kander & Ebb's lyrics. This is a biting, satiric piece that doesn't talk about Freedom, Truth, Beauty and Love. It's actually the exact opposite. Imprisonment, Deceit, Jealousy, and Hatred. Listen to "Class" and you'll see why many flock to catch Kander & Ebb shows. Kander & Ebb, along with their "Cabaret" and "Kiss of the Spider-Woman" have fashioned a great musical score with amazing lyrics. To compare it to "Moulin Rouge" only discredits both films, which, in my opinion, are two amazingly good movies that should stand on their own merits.

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