The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park
3rd - 7th November 2020 at 7.45pm
Current Covid-19 restrictions unfortunately mean that we will not be able to introduce our new production of Chicago to you in our normal fashion of previews and music/dance workshops. We are working hard to find a way to provide you with all of this information and audition details. We will, very soon, be able to announce details of how the preview and audition process will work. Bear with us!
Ranked as the 7th longest running Broadway show in history, Chicago has been enchanting the crowds since it's opening day on June 3, 1975. Jazz, liquor, and a quest for fame drive the two main characters, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, into a downward spiral when both end up on trial for murder. With the help of greedy lawyer Billy Flynn, Roxie and Velma try to avoid a serious hanging.
Based on a 1920's play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, the musical is based on real criminals in Chicago during that time. The "killer" combination of music (by John Kander) and lyrics (by Fred Ebb) will leave the audience tapping their feet well after the show is over.
The satirical nature of this musical, and its commentary on the "celebrity criminal" still applies to society today. This is one, of many, reasons why this musical has a timeless quality. Opening in the 1970's, this show reflects a certain finesse and underlying message that transcends the scores and plot. The musical draws on social issues present during that time, making this not only a musical that still applies, but a musical that reflects a deep and complex history.
Whether it's the intense dancing, the risque apparel, and the riveting musical results in an experience you'll not soon forget.
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
This amateur production of "Chicago" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company
- Director: Stuart Hayllor
- Musical Director: Anton Gwilt
- Choreographer: Natalie Hayllor
- Sound Designer: Tom Horrox
- Stage Manager: Andrew Cooper
- Set Design: Duncan Bruce