There are a lot of years between Roxie Hart and Casey Anthony, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Chicago, that musical vaudeville starring sex, murder, sexy murderesses and publicity, captivating audiences in one form or another since 1926, arrives at Media Theatre in 2011. It was topical in 1975, with director/choreographer Bob Fosse, composer John Kander, and lyricist Fred Ebb at its helm, and again when director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking revived it in 1996. The show still goes on; it's Broadway's longest-running musical revival. Moral degeneracy never goes out of style.
With young talent such as Barrymore-winning actor Jennie Eisenhower as director, and Jenn Rose (The Great American Trailer Park Musical) as choreographer, you'd think excitement wouldn't be a problem here. But everything's too workmanlike, and when you're selling sex, each finger snap and hip thrust ought to make you want to join in, not punch out.