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    ‘Chicago’ runs on ‘the sex and the sizzle’

    For the third time since 2000, “”Chicago”” is coming to Tucson.

    This is not an issue of scrambled states, but of “”the sex and the sizzle,”” said Marc Viscardi, marketing and sales manager for Broadway in Tucson.

    The musical satire about the 1920s will make its stop in Tucson April 13-18 at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

    “”It’s our most popular touring show that we ever brought to town other than ‘Lion King,’ (which) was here for six weeks,”” Viscardi said. “”We say it’s our most successful one-week engagement.””

    But Viscardi is particularly eager for this rendition. With versatile actor and singer John O’Hurley starring as Billy Flynn, the show has an added kick.

    “”(O’Hurley) is such a great performer. He’s so charismatic on and offstage,”” Viscardi said.

    And with countless and varied acting experiences under his belt — including his part as J. Peterman on “”Seinfeld”” and previous stints as Billy Flynn — O’Hurley is more than qualified for the role.

    He’s also excited for it.

    “”I think (Billy Flynn is) one of the great leading men in musical theater history,”” O’Hurley said. “”He’s the original suave villain in a tuxedo … or I would say villain-hero; ‘Chicago’ is all about making celebrities out of villains.””

    It’s for this reason that Viscardi thinks the musical endures.

    “”It’s one of those shows people can see over and over,”” he said. “”It’s probably one of those shows that’s become more relevant over time.””

    O’Hurley also appreciates the show’s ability to draw audience members into the show, taking them from “”innocent to involved.””

    “”Beginning, middle, end — you recreate it for two-and-a-half hours every night,”” O’Hurley said. “”You take the audience on a journey.””

    The experienced actor calls the musical “”one of the best musicals in Broadway history,”” and says it’s “”blessed with some of the best choreography.””

    All in all, the creative qualities of the show are what make it worth seeing — O’Hurley credits the show’s “”sizzle”” with its ability to captivate any audience.

    Because it’s so imaginative, O’Hurley said, “”this is a perfect show for you if you’ve never been to the Broadway stage before.””

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