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Saturday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 1: "Chicago"

Pantages Theater

John O'Hurley stars in "Chicago," which launches its national tour in Tacoma Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

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From the Lindbergs to O.J. Simpson, America loves a high-profile murder trial. And why not? What could be more theatrical than a gruesome case presented by suave attorneys with celebrity witnesses? Such a trial is satirized in the steamy award-winning musical Chicago, which kicks off its national tour Saturday in Tacoma.

You've seen the movie, but do you really need to experience a touring musical production of Chicago? The deal-clincher could be the presence of the one and only John O'Hurley - known to many as the catalog-company entrepreneur J. Peterman on Seinfeld - in the role of Billy Flynn. Even if you didn't know he won on the television show Dancing with the Stars, the mental image of Peterman belting "All I Care About Is Love" from behind his corporate desk is too sweet.

Set in the jazz-hot 1920s, Chicago has not one but two glamorous jailbirds vying for the attention of the Windy City's smoothest lawyer, the ultra-debonair Billy Flynn. The show contains a number of John Kander and Fred Ebb's most memorable compositions, including "All that Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle" and the sensational "Me and My Baby."

Before catching the vaudevillian circus of greed, corruption and violence, be sure to join the Broadway Sizzle, a communal table dinner in the heart of Tacoma on Broadway before the show.

CHICAGO, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, $59-$109, $150 with Broadway Sizzle, 253.591.5894

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