Sitting in on Chicago rehearsals is a pretty amazing perk that comes with working at Nashville Repertory Theatre. One day during one of the choreography rehearsals our Professional Marketing/Development Intern Taylor Simon was watching the six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail perform the ever popular and iconic “Cell Block Tango (He Had It Comin’),” and with as many times as he have heard this song and watched the movie, she never knew what the Hungarian inmate Hunyak was saying in her solo speech. Taylor did a little research on the matter and it turns out "UH-UH" she is not guilty! Now that we are within our final week of the show’s run, Taylor figured some of our patrons and those about to see the show might be curious to know the translation, so here it is (and all that jazz): The original, in Hungarian:
"Mit keresek én itt? Azt mondják, a híres lakóm lefogta a férjem, én meg lecsaptam a fejét. De nem igaz. Én ártatlan vagyok. Nem tudom, miért mondja Uncle Sam, hogy én voltam. Próbáltam a rendõrségen megmagyarázni, de nem értették meg."
The translated speech by Hunyak is:
"How did I find myself here? They say my famous lover (neighbor?) held down my husband and I cut his head off. But it's not true. I am innocent. I don't know why Uncle Sam says I did it. I tried to explain at the police station but they didn't understand."
Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of the musical Chicago, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Live onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's (TPAC) Johnson Theater, March 19 through April 16, 2016.
Learn more at: http://nashvillerep.org/chicago-the-musical