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Tattle TalesMarch 5, 2003

BROADWAY’S LONGEST RUNNING REVIVAL: In its seventh year at Broadway’s Shubert Theater, would be, of course, the multi-Tony Award-winning musical, "Chicago." An orchestra seat can cost $70 or more but the screen version costs much less at your local multiplex, and is equally rewarding. The College Point Multiplex in Flushing is where I saw the film version of "Chicago" this past Saturday night, in a performance I enjoyed as much as the one I’ve seen several times on the Shubert stage. The movie also has dancing, which I found to be less sexy than the Bob Fosse routines in the Broadway hit, but this is a show which in the long run is more dramatically satisfying. Also, the song and dance scenes are integrated on the screen into a plot with characters you feel you know and understand.

The movie cast, including alluring Catherine Zeta-Jones, demure and pretty Renée Zellweger and handsome, charismatic Richard Gere, is scintillating. In its stage incarnation, this also is the Broadway musical that was awarded six major Tony statuettes, including Best Musical Revival, in 1997, and was praised by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as "The Best Musical In Town." Comparing the cost of a ticket to the College Point Multiplex and one to the Shubert Theater, and considering that the film is the entertainment equal of the one on Broadway, there’s no doubt of the bargain at College Point.

I CAN DO WITHOUT: Movie theaters that hit you with a $10 admission, and then precede the film with five minutes of commercials. Cable TV, which costs $50 a month, does the same thing, except for TCM, owned by billionaire Ted Turner, who can easily provide his subscribers with movies that are commercial-free. Long live Ted Turner.

I can do without Al Sharpton running for president (it used to be just mayor) until he pays his unpaid judgments and gets a salaried job.

Refrigerator repair service that, when your $1,000 fridge breaks down, charge $50 just to come and look at it. The service charge is rescinded only if you accept the exorbitant repair cost.

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