“Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town…”
The Niles West Fine Arts Department will present the modern Broadway classic “Chicago” on May 3 through 5 in the Robert L. Johnson Auditorium at 5701 Oakton, Skokie. This modern jazz classic, the longest-running revival in Broadway musical history, is based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ scandalous 1926 play, “a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery—all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on May 3, 4 and 5. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, senior citizens and children. A free community performance will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. Note: this production includes adult language, mature themes…and all that jazz.
This musical satire revolves around Roxie Hart, a dancer who dreams of seeing her name in lights. After killing her lover in an act of revenge, she becomes an instant celebrity with the help of her lawyer, Billy Flynn, and her cellmate, Velma Kelly. You are sure to have a “killer time” at this production.
The cast includes: Rachel Flink as Roxie Hart, Julia Zasso as Velma Kelly, Steven Czajkowski as Billy Flynn, Aaron Ruderman as Amos Hart, Rachel Prale as Matron “Mama” Morton, Merrick McWherter as Mary Sunshine, Lauren Langer as Liz/Ensemble, Elizabeth Mangulabnan as Annie/Ensemble, Anahita Karimi as June/Ensemble, Katie Buckley as Hunyak/Ensemble, Isabell Ramerez as Mona/Ensemble, Sharon Pasia as “Go To Hell” Kitty/Ensemble, Surdeep Chauhan as Harrison/Ensemble, Daniel Bedoya as Sgt. Fogerty/Ensemble, Jason Magel as Fred/Ensemble, Keenan Morales as Harry/Ensemble, Cameron Broderick as Aaron/Ensemble, Rishi Patel as Judge/Ensemble, and Randy Tran as Clerk/Ensemble. Male Ensemble: Sebastian Achettu, Andre Eramia, Max Green and Kahlil Sassa. Female Ensemble: Joerlyn Manalang, Susy Montoya Quinchia, Courtney Nielsen, Ashley Pagett, Carly Tennes, Mary Vo, Rhiannon Yalowitz and Emma Zivkovic.
Crew Heads: Stage Manager: Aria Caldwell; Assistant Stage Manager: Sithara Vincent; Assistant Stage Manager: Samantha Elkin; Costume Head: Caleigh Havansek; Master Electrician: Zachary Tarnoff; Paint Lead: Becca Gratch; Prop Mistress: Lila Gilbert; and Publicity/House Manager: Danielle Klemens.
Production Crew: Scott Albaum, Mira Berkson, Renee Castillo, Sherlina Chauhan, Asiya Fatima, Julian Fontelera, Deena Kahn, Kristin Rowland; Brian Sands and Sarah Younan.
Pit Orchestra: Erin Balke, Sarah Chamness, Estee Cramer, Nathaniel Fox, Zach Hiyama, Aaron Hong, Masafumi Hoshi, Charlie Jacobs, Connie Kim, Will Lefler, Claire Son, Kyle McHugh, Nick Michalesko, Merrill Miller, Lia Sacks, Vikram Shah, Alison Stangel, Karen Torres, Eric Tran-Ton and Gloria Jung.
Production Team: Director: Andy Sinclair; Choreographer: Patti-Anne Davis; Vocal Director: Julie Crossen; Pit Orchestra Director: William Koch; Assistant Choreographer: Tami Knoll; Technical Director/Scenic Design: Steven George; Costume/Properties Design: Kimberly Morris; Lighting Design: Charlotte Rathke; Sound Design: Adam Rosenthal; Music Coordinator: Amy Branahl; and Box Office Management: Cynthia Philbin and Jackie Garvey.