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Goldie Hawn as Roxie Hart & Liza Minnelli as Velma Kelly is CHICAGO! All That Jazz!

See link below!

Too bad they didn't make the movie.

by Anonymousreply 4007/22/2014

wouldn't Liza have been Roxie?

by Anonymousreply 111/29/2012

The blond is Roxie, brunette is Velma

Goldie & Liza were rumored to star in the film version for years, but nothing happened.

This routine was done (on this special) as an unofficial screen test for the both of them to get one of the studios interested.

But it didn't work.

by Anonymousreply 211/29/2012

but Liza played Roxie on Broadway

by Anonymousreply 311/29/2012

Goldie Hawn was attached to the project for Roxie for a long time. She was going to produce, and after Pvt Benjamin her box office was higher than Liza.

Goldie wanted Liza for Velma, and she agreed.

But for some reason the project never took off with those two in the lead.

by Anonymousreply 411/29/2012

The special aired in Feb. 1980 and Private Benjamin opened in October r4 may be a little off on didn't Chita wear a blonde wig in the OBC?

by Anonymousreply 511/29/2012

R5 read link below

Goldie was always set to play Roxie.

At one point Madonna was attached to play Velma opposite Goldie as ROXIE

by Anonymousreply 611/29/2012

[quote]Goldie was always set to play Roxie.

I read the link quick I admit....but where does it say that....I'm sure when Liza and Scorsese were doing it Liza would have been Roxie.

by Anonymousreply 711/29/2012

This was very close to a go. Bob Fosse was set to direct.

Kate Hudson would have been better than Renee.

by Anonymousreply 811/29/2012

Fosse was never attached to a Minnelli film version. Right before his death he wanted to do a screen version starring Madonna but it obviously never happened.

by Anonymousreply 911/29/2012

"All That Cocaine!"

by Anonymousreply 1011/29/2012

[quote]At one point Madonna was attached to play Velma opposite Goldie as ROXIE

Would have been another cinematic triumph, no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 1111/29/2012

A Bob Fosse film of Chicago with Goldie and Liza might have been sensational....If only, huh?

by Anonymousreply 1211/29/2012

Why, these two could've made the film a box office hit, Best Picture winner and won one of them an Oscar... Oh, wait....

by Anonymousreply 1311/29/2012

They were both a good ten years off their game by 1980.

by Anonymousreply 1411/29/2012

Christ Lucy looked sharper in her close-ups in "Mame" than that print. It looks like it was shot off a TV with a camcorder. Too bad Goldie gave up dancing after leaving the chorus and started acting. She was very good.

by Anonymousreply 1511/29/2012

Can you imagine some stars of today doing it, like Hathaway and Seyfried? It would be devoid of any style or sex appeal.

by Anonymousreply 1611/29/2012

I only hear Liza's voice.

Wow, she was great.

by Anonymousreply 1711/29/2012

Things are meant to happen or not, but not in Hollywood castings and for sure not in musical adaptations.

Liza would have been great - back then, when Bob Fosse was alive and all hips were in the joint.

I wish it could look a bit more like this, so much of Chicago is about the dancing, no?

Bebe Nuwerth and Karen Ziemba, one night only.

by Anonymousreply 1811/29/2012

That old lady is no Judy Garland, r18,

by Anonymousreply 1911/29/2012

They should reprise their roles! Just set it in a nursing home...

by Anonymousreply 2011/29/2012


I don't understand your post. Did you watch the link? Could Judy Garland dance Fosse ?

by Anonymousreply 2111/29/2012

I remember that from we it was on. Imhad forgotten just how good Goldie was (is). She could really hold her own against a Liza in her prime. At some point,there was tally of her doing the movie with Bette Midler.

by Anonymousreply 2211/29/2012

I just don't approve of Judy drag which has nothing to do with 'Chicago'. Is there any footage of performers in their prime from the '70s?

by Anonymousreply 2311/29/2012


I don't know much about Judy drag. But I do have the performance you are asking for. What do you know about dance and the specifics of Bob Fosse choreography?

He used classically trained dancers, but put them in contorted positions - hallmarks like fluid arms with flexed ankles and wrists, small isolations, pigeon toes and pelvic tilts.... loose and tense body postures at once. There are vaudeville and burlesque references in a very sophisticated choreography. Props, hats, and gloves. Seedy sex. More.

This is Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, the original stars performing and promoting the original Broadway show. Some of the moves of this Chicago number are meant to be out of sync! They are "seedy non pro" characters, supposed to be mimicking each other. This also adds to the effect when they do dance in time with each other. This is repeated through all of Fosse's work. You won't find it better than this performance on You Tube. The dance walk in Honey Doll Rag is perfect and watch the nuances all through.

Yes the costumes are ugly, they are supposed to be tacky. I never said that Liza was the best at anything, but she was a trained dancer, and she danced Fosse quite well for a singer. They collaborated many times.

Think I am going to get an a-hole response, but I tried to be informative. I am a musician, not a dancer, but I have been around this show, a lot.

by Anonymousreply 2411/29/2012

[18]: It always pained me to see Karen carry Bebe off stage on her back. Why did she ever agree to that?

by Anonymousreply 2511/29/2012


Hell if I know, but I now have some ideas.

Karen is bigger and stronger, a better dancer with better legs but less the Chicago "Star" than Bebe?

Bebe is an Ass. They thought is was cute. Better to show off the thong.? Never really thought about it.

I am sure that Chita never jumped on Gwen's back.

by Anonymousreply 2611/29/2012

Karen took her dirty tit bags out for Playboy

by Anonymousreply 2711/29/2012

Liza is riveting in the above clip. Her talent, presence and star power completely overwhelm Goldie Hawn. I can't take my eyes off her.

by Anonymousreply 2811/29/2012

The choreography is horrible in the OP's link.

by Anonymousreply 2911/29/2012

One night only!

by Anonymousreply 3011/30/2012

[quote] The choreography is horrible

The choreographer is Ron Field who did the choreography for Once Upon a Mattress, Baryshnikov on Broadway, and won Tony Awards for choreography for Applause and the original Cabaret.

by Anonymousreply 3111/30/2012

I thought Liza used Ronnie Lewishhhhhhhh was he choreographer. They would have been great....thought Renee and Catherine were fantastic...great movie!

by Anonymousreply 3211/30/2012

Liza was box office poison after her three huge flops ("Lucky Lady", "Matter of Time" and "New York, New York."). Even with Goldie, there was no chance she could star in another big budget movie, and a musical no less Fosse was coming off his huge flop "Star 80". Liza should have taken up Allan Carr and did Rizzo in "Grease."

by Anonymousreply 3311/30/2012

[quote] Even with Goldie, there was no chance she could star in another big budget movie,

Maybe that is why the movie stalled in development for the longest time.

Goldie name was still attached to the project as late as 1996. Then she was 'let go' by the studios because she was too old by then to play Roxie.

by Anonymousreply 3411/30/2012

My favorite part of that special was Liza doing "Bette Davis Eyes" with Charles Pierce and Jim Bailey in Bette Davis drag as her backup dancers

"She'sh precocioush and she knowsh jusht what it takesh to make a pro blush

She'sh got Greta Garbo shtand-off shighsh

She'sh got Bette Davish eyesh

She'sh got Bette Davish eyesh"

by Anonymousreply 3511/30/2012

They would have been great in those parts.

by Anonymousreply 3612/27/2012


by Anonymousreply 3707/22/2014

WHy do they look so rotund in OP's link?

by Anonymousreply 3807/22/2014

agree, R28. Liza totally eclipses Goldie.

by Anonymousreply 3907/22/2014

The choreo in the OP is pretty bad. It's trying to be Fosse without understanding what Fosse is. Also Liza completely carries Goldie. I love clips from old variety shows, though, because of the Inevitable White Male Dancer with an Afro Who Is Just a Half-beat Behind Everyone Else.

by Anonymousreply 4007/22/2014
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