turned into jazzy nightclub for the spring production of Chicago!
In the roaring '20s Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap ... until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal.
This production is a particularly special one as it marks the first time all three performing arts departments - music, dance, and drama - have teamed up for a production of this size on the Lone Star College-Montgomery stage.
“The audience should expect to see a wonderful collaboration between the music, drama and dance departments. The students have all grown from this experience and have really shown a great deal of professionalism while working together,” said musical director and LSC-Montgomery music professor Dr. Mark Marotto.
Since its debut in 1975, the sharp-edged satire has been a cherished piece of American musical theatre, with a dazzling score and always bringing to mind Bob Fosse’s signature choreographic style.
“This musical provides us with an opportunity to showcase some of our finest talent,” said drama department head Chase Waites. “Our students have really stepped up and brought this iconic piece of musical theatre to life on our stage.”
The show’s director, Tim Campbell, said that the creative team has chosen to “suggest” the show’s historical time period of the 1920s rather than recreate it fully. He says the production team has chosen to take the pieces of all of the show’s previous incarnations that have inspired them and filter them into this one production.
Chicago is based off the 1926 play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins inspired by the real life trials of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. The play was then adapted into a musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb and originally debuted on Broadway in 1975, with a revival debuting in 1996. That revival has now been running on Broadway and around the world for 18 years.
This production at Lone Star College-Montgomery will feature a 13-piece on-stage band, much like the Broadway revival.
Chicago contains adult material and language and is not recommended for younger audiences.
Chicago will play April 23-25, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre on the LSC-Montgomery campus, located in building D. There will be a matinee performance Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.LoneStar.edu/Theatre-Montgomery or at the box office on the day of the performance. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors (55+), and $7 for students/faculty/staff/children.
On Wednesday, April 22, there will be a special preview at 5:30 p.m. where tickets are discounted to $7 for general admission and free for all students/faculty/staff/children. A food reception will also be served at 4:30 p.m. and is open to everyone attending the preview performance.
For more information, please contact Lauren Lazo, program coordinator for theatre/fine arts at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 273-7021 or email MontgomeryFineArts@LoneStar.edu.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
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