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Taking Hart

From gazing in wonderment at Bob Fosse’s revolutionary choreography from the front row as a kid, to playing Roxie Hart on Broadway and West End stages, nothing comes between Brooke Shields and her Chicago.

Chicago sensation Brooke Shields

So when Shields’ longtime musical director, Rob Fisher, prodded the actress to accept an offer to helm an interpretation of the sizzling musical at the Hollywood Bowl for a July 26-28 engagement, she agreed to give ’em the old razzle-dazzle.

“I have done the show for almost a year of my life,” Shields shares, “and this was such an extraordinary opportunity that I just knew I couldn’t say no to it—and that I would have to be as confident as possible!”

From Pretty Baby to jazz baby, bringing the Tony-winning triumph to the similarly legendary outdoor venue (with some daylight still showing at curtain time) required a challenging but thrilling bit of alchemy from Shields. “The magnitude of it—I still pinch myself!” says the actor turned director, who sees the Bowl as one of the show’s characters, and gives particular spotlight to the musical’s crowd-pleasing number “Cell Block Tango” for its blend of buoyancy and edginess that encapsulates the production. “The show catches you with its darkness and yet somehow manages to have infused in it a sense of survival and strength. There’s a fight that these people all have, which I just feel akin to, [having been] in this industry as long as I have.”

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