Chicago the Musical (Rated PG-13), opens on Thursday, May 2nd for 5 high energy performances at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson.
With shows at 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as 2pm matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday, Chicago the Musical promises to be one of the most talked about performances of the 2019 Branson Regional Arts Council season!
Adult tickets (18+) are $16.95 (includes ticketing service fee). Advance reserved seat tickets are suggested, and available online at BransonArts.org/tix or by calling the Historic Owen Theatre box office at 417-336-4255.
Set in the “jazz hot” 1920’s, Chicago the Musical tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses, nightclub star Velma and aspiring chorus girl Roxie, who are are both serving time for “bumping off” their respective lovers. In an effort to redeem her career, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. However, Roxie has plans of her own.
"Chicago the Musical pays tribute to American Vaudeville, and what better place to enjoy it, than on the intimate stage of the Historic Owen Theatre," said Lloyd Alexander Holt, the Director of the production.
In 1975, the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb teamed up with choreographer Bob Fosse to bring Chicago the Musical to Broadway. However, the world wasn’t ready to receive this satirical story. It ran for just two years, then closed only to be presented in community theatres, colleges, and universities around the country. It seemed the American public wasn’t ready to receive a story about murderers.
Fast forward to the mid 1990’s, where citizens became glued to their televisions; watching the stories of true crime playing out before their eyes. It was though they couldn’t get enough of the dark, gripping headlines. Producers took notice, and the musical was revived on Broadway in 1996, and it continues to run to this day.
Kristen Dasto, Choreographer for Chicago the Musical, is excited to recreate the magic of Bob Fosse in this production. “Fosse is so intricate and delicate. There’s so much in just one little step. Whatever feels awkward, actually looks so cool," said Dasto. "Once you put it on a group of people, like I’m having the opportunity to do, it’s so rewarding.”
Cast members of Chicago include: Mesa Mitchell (Velma Kelly), Aline O'Neill (Roxie Hart), Alex Harris (Fred Casely / Master of Ceremonies), Josh Silvy (Sergeant Fogarty / Court Clerk), Mathew James (Amos Hart), Emily Alphin (Liz), Amy Miller (Annie), Kayleigh Dominish (June), Brenna Bergeron (Mona), Kristen Dasto (Hunyak / Choreographer), Haley Bertrand (Momma Morton), Michael Horn (Billy Flynn), Sean Myers (Mary Sunshine), Stanna Brown (Go-To-Hell Kitty), Jonathan Kirkland (Aaron / The Judge), Jacob Deck (Martin Harrison), Nathan Andrew Krueger (Harry), Mindy Law (Ensemble), Destiny Taylor (Ensemble), Nicole Jenanian (Ensemble), Rachel Merrick (Ensemble).
Production Crew members include: Kim Hale & Lisa Murphy (Producers), Lloyd Alexander-Holt (Director & Vocal Director - Costume Coordinator), Kristen Dasto (Choreographer), Karie Dykeman (Assistant Producer), Jim Barber (BRAC Exec Director - Marketing & Design), Jack Vandewark (Stage Manager), Nicole Dasto (Assistant Stage Manager), Jeremy James (Technical Director), Roz Slavik (Prop Master - Costume Assistant), Jonathan Crum (Costume Designer), Kyle Bradley (Set Designer), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Design), Mac Hill (Audio Technician), Peter Gibbons (Sound Design), Marshall Meadows (Photographer)