Chicago is one of Broadway’s most popular and thrilling smash-hit musicals, and the winner of six Tony Awards. The movie version won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2003. It’s an electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz, filled with such hit songs as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle.”
St. Dunstan’s is thrilled to bring this musical to their indoor Pavilion January 18 – February 2, 2013.
Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the story is a satire on corruption in the criminal justice system and the concept of the "celebrity criminal". The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The music is by John Kanderwith lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.
Murderesses Velma Kelly, played by Kendall Doman (Bloomfield Hills), and Roxie Hart, played by Liz Schultz (Royal Oak), find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Velma is a vaudeville performer accused of murdering her sister and husband. Roxie is an aspiring star who murders her lover and convinces her gullible husband, Amos, played by Paul Dorset (Birmingham), to take the blame. Ultimately Roxie goes to jail and joins her fellow murderesses. Both women are headline hunters seeking to capitalize on pre-trial publicity as they turn to their tricky lawyer, Billy Flynn, played by Chris Steinmayer (Oak Park), to free them from jail and make them stars.
Although Chicago is a very popular musical, Director Jeff Davison (Bingham Farms) is up to the task of keeping it fresh, "We are mixing modern trends, new twists and a 1920's attitude to create a very unique version". Davison is a familiar face around St. Dunstan’s Theatre – both on stage and off. In the past he has directed the musicals She Loves Me, The Producers, and A Man of No Importance among others.
Davison is joined by an incredible production team with Nancy Wegienek (Birmingham) Assistant Directing, Nat Towle (Bingham Farms) Apprentice Directing, Kathy Brooks (Royal Oak) Producing, Deb Tedrick (Bloomfield Hills) Music Directing, and John Luther Choreographing. St. Dunstan’s also has a talented group of people who work behind the scenes: Obie Burch (Royal Oak) designed the lights and set with the help of Tom Edson (Bloomfield Hills), who headed up set construction. Costumes are designed by Linda Watson (West Bloomfield), Hair and Makeup by Anthony Marsalese (Bingham Farms), and Props are being handled by Susan Holmes (Bloomfield Hills). "I could not be more pleased with the talent, dedication and professionalism of the cast and crew of Chicago, this is going to be a very special and memorable show,” said Davison.