50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival attracted an audience of approximately 20,000 to watch 20 performers including Chicago, Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Doug Kershaw and The Doors and John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band at Varsity Stadium of the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
Controversial American author James Frey was born in Cleveland. He admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had lied to her earlier when he claimed “The Smoking Gun” had been accurate when he had spent a few hours in jail rather than the 87 days as his book had said.
“Scooby Doo Where Are You” debuted in the United States on CBS Television.
American filmmaker, author and songwriter Tyler Perry was born in New Orleans.
“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon and directed by Paul Mazursky was released.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)
Murder, music, media and all that jazz — put them all together and what do you get? The Academy Award-winning musical from 2002, “Chicago,” a Movies at the Library selection — at the Center firehouse — on Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m.
“Chicago” is an entertaining masterpiece, one of the best film musicals ever, featuring a somewhat dark story, perfect casting and dancing, dancing, dancing.
A murderess in 1920’s Chicago (Renee Zellweger) becomes an instant celebrity, thanks to her high-powered and shady lawyer (Richard Gere) and the insatiable press. The story spirals into a razzle-dazzle tour de force. Zellweger and Gere act, sing and dance beautifully and Catherine Zeta-Jones (an Oscar winner herself) is even better. There is an amazing chemistry among the cast, which also includes Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly.
“Chicago” was directed by Rob Marshall, who is also a choreographer, and the influence of Bob Fosse, who directed the Broadway original, is happily evident throughout the film.
Winter blues have you down a bit? Then don’t miss lavish and energetic “Chicago” next Tuesday at the firehouse cinema with its big screen and surround-sound. And we’ll “bet your bottom dollar you’ll lose your blues at ‘Chicago.’” See you at the movies!