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  • Adaptation Displacement: Unless you're a fan of TCM (Turner Classic Movies) you've most likely never even heard of the original non-musical movie.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "My exit music, please?" *silence*
    • ->Billy: My client never kept a diary!

 Roxie: Yeah! And she Broke the lock!.

  • Ear Worm: Lots. Cell Block Tango comes to mind.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The legal system is a farce and a circus, and fame will let you get away with anything. Additionally, if you are falsely accused of murder, you're more likely to get executed than someone who did.
  • Hype Backlash: Soon after it won big at the Oscars (it beat The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Gangs of New York for Best Picture), this set in.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Billy Flynn, especially when we find out about his plan involving Roxie's diary.
  • Memetic Mutation: "He ran into my knife ten times."
  • Misaimed Fandom: And how! Specially the "had it coming" line, that makes certain feminists see Cell Block Tango as some sort of feminist empowerment anthem, forgetting that the concept of people "having it coming" is wrong in itself, and the gender doesn't matter.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Before getting the Amos role in the 1996 revival, Joel Grey used "Razzle Dazzle" in 1976 to teach Gonzo the Great how to do a show-stopping act.
  • Uncanny Valley: Roxie, as well as the reporters, in "We Both Reached For the Gun" in the 2002 film version. Oddly enough, the reason it's so eerie is because it's actual people made up, dressed up, and choreographed like marionettes (or a ventriloquist dummy in Roxie's case), making them inhuman enough that it's just plain creepy.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Along with Moulin Rouge, this revived interest in movie musicals.
  • The Woobie: At live shows, Amos's Woobiedom can be measured empirically by listening to the audience's "Awwww"s after "Mister Cellophane".
    • Experience, if not mileage, will vary here. At the Broadway show this troper attended, the Jerkass Audience LAUGHED all throughout the heart-rending Mr. Cellophane. Not sure if sadists, or Completely Missing The Point. Troper felt like choking a few bitches.
    • "My exit music, please." (silence)
    • Poor Hunyak as well.


  • Accidental Innuendo: Before they even became the Chicago Transit Authority, they went by the name "the Big Thing", which apparently caused some controversy in the Chicago club circuit.
  • Broken Base: Their stuff post-Kath era divides the fanbase.
  • Ear Worm
  • Epic Riff: "25 or 6 to 4".
  • Face of the Band: Averted for a while, then in The Eighties, it was Peter Cetera. Who then left halfway through the decade.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Kath replacement Donnie Dacus lasted for only two albums(Hot Streets and Chicago XIII), and was later acknowledged as "a mistake".
    • Unfortunately, this goes for any lead vocalist who's name isn't Terry Kath.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Terry Kath, who forgot the first rule of guns: Always assume it's loaded.
    • Justified, he had enough depression issues to not really care.
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