Study Guide

Chicago Scene 5

Scene 5

Scene 5

  • In the night, water drips from a sink.
  • Roxie transforms the dripping, guards' footsteps, and the tapping of fingernails into a song: the "Cell Block Tango."
  • The Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail sing about how they got there.
  • Pop. Six. Squish. Unh-unh. Cicero. Lipschitz.
  • Pop: This woman killed her man, Bernie, because he popped his gum one too many times.
  • Six: This woman found out her man wasn't single. He had six wives, So she poisoned him.
  • Squish: Her man accused her of having an affair with the milkman, and then "He ran into my knife ten times."
  • Unh-unh: This woman only speaks Hungarian. We don't understand a word she says. When Roxie asks if she did it, she says, "Unh-unh. Not guilty!"
  • Cicero: This is Velma's story. At the Hotel Cicero, she walked in on her husband and her sister doing the "spread eagle." Velma swears she blacked out and didn't remember a thing. She didn't know they were dead until she saw the blood on her hands.
  • Lipschitz: She killed her cheating artist boyfriend, Al Lipschitz.
  • "They had it coming! […] If you'd have been there, if you'd have seen it, I bet you you would have done the same!"