Tony Award winner, Patricia Zipprodt was the original costume designer for CHICAGO the musical,1983.  Zipprodt deceased in 1999 from Cancer. Later, William Ivey Long  took over the design process. He has been in the the business for thirty years, he is best known for his work on The Producers, and Hairspray.   In 2002 the musical was turned into a Hollywood Film, where Colleen Atwood took over the costume direction.

 The Late Patricia Zipprodt

The Late Patricia Zipprodt


William Ivey Long   (via:


The story of CHICAGO is  a musical tale of murder, greed, corruption and exploitation. The plot is set in the prohibition era, the roaring 20s.  It is a seductive satire of bureaucratic corruption, scandal, and idealization. The scenery was minimal and the garbs were simple. Mainly basic black cropped cut out tops, paired with black bandage skirts and  black bustiers with fishnet or lace stockings.  Some of the women had garter belts attached, or swishy tiered frocks also paired with fishnet or lace stockings.  The ladies wore crimson lip color on their pout accompanied by oxblood stilettos.  In some scenes the audience can view small details i.e. earrings inspired by instruments.

I saw this show in San diego, Ca. in 2003.  I enjoyed the dark, seductive pieces; the violent, suspenseful plot and the  the overall continuity of the musical.

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CHICAGO is still showing at the Ambassador Theater, 219 W. 49th street between 8th and Broadway.

Tickets can be purchased here:

If you are a student you may be able to score a percentage off of your purchase.

If you have time, I suggest that you all check it out!


Posted By: Jo Bell


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