Victorville, CA – The long-running hit musical Chicago will be presented by Creative Arts Theater at the High Desert Center for the Arts on October 19th through October 29th, with evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and matinee performances on Sundays at 2:30pm.
Chicago features songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb. This landmark show has been presented on Broadway for over 8,600 performances since it opened in 1996, when won six Tony awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The original production, directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, opened in June of 1975 and was nominated for nine Tony awards.
Billed as “a musical vaudeville,” Chicago is based on a play by the same name written in 1926 by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It tells the story of Roxie Hart, who finds herself on Murderer’s Row in the Cook County Jail after shooting her lover. Smooth-talking attorney Billy Flynn agrees to take on Roxie’s case and manipulates the Chicago press to make Roxie a celebrity. Roxie has rival for the media’s attention, however: another Billy Flynn client named Velma Kelly. Chicago is a cynical look at America’s celebrity culture and its corrupt judicial system, presented through the highly stylized language of song and dance.
Leading the Creative Arts Theater production of Chicago is director Robert K. Blomker II (Last Five Years, Oklahoma), with assistant director Hunter Olivia Riding (…Putnam County Spelling Bee), and choreography by Ammiel Hamrick, with assistant Julia Locke.
Appearing as Roxie Hart is Madelyn Velasquez, who was last seen as Sarah Brown in CAT’s production of Guys and Dolls. Melissa Glisson, who is no stranger to the stage, brings the role of Velma Kelly to life. Billy Flynn is played by the remarkable Christopher Michael Rose. Martin Gonzalez steps into the role of Roxie’s faithful husband, Amos Hart. Taking the reins of the character Matron “Mama” Morton is Isabella Sheffield. Nicholas D. Lamb, fresh off the coattails of the character Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, takes the role of M. Sunshine.
The Merry Murderesses are played by Emma Harbottle, Marissa Young, Taylor Narasky, Julia Locke, and Rachel Rebekah. Finally, rounding out this superb cast is Taylor Victor, Kyle Shelton, Noah Hernandez, Kellis Foy, Nickolas Thomas Barber, and Chandler Van Allen.
“Chicago is one of the landmark works of the American musical theater,” Director Robert K. Blomker exclaimed, “Kander and Ebb demonstrate the ability to both entertain and challenge audiences in this outstanding work.” As the script of Chicago puts it, “Let’s pick up the pace! Let’s make the parties longer, let’s make the skirts shorter! Let’s all go to hell in a fast car and KEEP IT HOT!”
Chicago runs October 19 – 29, 2017! Tickets are $16 for General, $14 for Students / Seniors / Military and are available online at CreativeArtsTheater.com/tickets or by calling 760-963-3236. Seating is Assigned, so pick your favorite seat to witness this spectacular musical. All performances will take place at the High Desert Center for the Arts, 15615 Eight St, Victorville, CA 92395!