Checking on the Arts
7:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Chicago at Theatre Memphis

Theatre Memphis will open Broadway's longest running American musical, Chicago, on the Lohrey Stage opening tonight, March 9, 2012, to run through April 1, 2012. Rob Hanford and Lindsey Roberts talk to Darel Snodgrass about this challenging production. 

Modeled after real life stories, the plot of Chicago is set in the roaring twenties. Chorine Roxie Hart (Alexis Grace) murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped. She and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly (Lindsey Roberts), manipulate their lawyer and the system as they vie for the spotlight and the headlines.

They ultimately join forces in search of fame, fortune and acquittal. With the book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, the original production opened on Broadway in 1975 and the current production debuted in 1996 and won seven Tony Awards including best revival of a musical, best direction and best choreography. The music by John Kander and Lyrics by Ebb have played to over 6000 Broadway audiences since the revival opened.

This production is directed by Amy Hanford, with musical direction from Gary Beard and choreography by Pam Hurley.

The cast includes:

ROXIE HART: Alexis Grace

AMOS HART: Randall Hartzog

"MAMA" MORTON: Cecelia Wingate

VELMA KELLY: Lindsey Roberts

BILLY FLYNN: Robert Hanford

MARY SUNSHINE: Wesley Barnes

FRED CASELY: Jared Johnson

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: John Koski

JUDGE: Parker Dinwiddie

HUNYAK: Allison Stearnes

LIZ: Rebecca Brown

ANNIE: Liz Sharp

JUNE: Emma Crystal

MONA: Noelia Warnett

Go-to-Hell Kitty: Lynden Lewis

MARTIN HARRISON: Joe Lackie

SERGEANT FOGARTY: Joe Lackie

AARON: Marc Gill

BAILIFF: Gary Cook

 

ENSEMBLE:

Jared Johnson

Christine Joe

Justin Nelson

Cassidy Porter

Marc Gill

Chris Hawk

Chris Hanford

Gary Cook

 

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students with a valid ID. Call 901.682.8323 to purchase tickets or go online to www.theatrememphis.org.

 

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