NOOSA ARTS THEATRE
Weyba Road, Noosaville
Music : John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Book: Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb
DIRECTED BY NEIL PATTENDEN
August 25 to 11 September 2004
Chicago, the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, is coming to Noosa with a cast and direction that will thrill and tantalize audiences.
In the spirit of his sell out show Tribute, Director, Neil Pattenden, will stage Chicago in the small and intimate Noosa Arts Theatre in a way that will spell bind and draw audiences into the powerful drama of this sexy, musical extravaganza.
The revival of Chicago of 1996 is still wowing audiences on Broadway and London and is Broadway's longest-running revival. The film version won an Oscar for Best Picture in 2002.
Based on a 1926 play by Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart. Roxie is a chorus girl who murders her lover, then manages not only to avoid prison with the help of smart lawyer Billy Flynn but also to use the trial to propel herself to showbiz stardom along with another murderess chorus girl, Velma Kelly. The stage is set for one of the most cutting and delicious satires on the American justice system and the cult of celebrity.
The stage play tells the story through twenty scenes, each one with a song in a specific genre - jazz, rag, tango, soft shoe, Dixieland, etc. The musical score by John Kander and Fred Ebb is one of the most exciting, varied and jazziest scores ever and ranks alongside Cabaret as Ebb and Kander's finest work. It includes songs such as 'All that Jazz', 'Me and My Baby' and 'Razzle Dazzle'.
Maria Feutrill, who plays the brassy and opportunistic Velma, brings a wealth of singing, dancing and acting talent to this part. Her jail rival in attaining celebrity murderess status, Roxie Hart, is played by Meegan Maguire, who has honed her theatrical skills through academia and theatre restaurants and took the role of Nancy in the Coolum Theatre Players production of Oliver. Both are clients of the slick and manipulative lawyer, Billy Flynn, played by Brandt McRitchie, who has shown his versatility starring in a string of musicals in Sydney and on the Coast. Tribute audiences will remember his show stopping rendition of Frank N Furter in the Rocky Horror Show excerpt.
The choreography and dance in the Noosa Arts production of Chicago will be a white hot experience on the stage, with Maria Feutrill as choreographer and with some of the slinkiest and smartest dancers on the coast.
Chicago should be seen by anyone who loves musicals, theatre or just a great night out. It is funny, charming, stirring and invigorating and a reminder of how, quite simply, no other art form offers so much pure entertainment value as the Broadway musical at its finest.
Performances will be on 25, 26, 27, 28 August, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8, 9, 10, 11 September at 7.30 pm, with matinees on 29 August and 5 September at 2.00pm. Tickets will be $25 for adults and $15 for students. Concessions and group bookings will be $20. Tickets will be on sale from 26th July, but group bookings for 10 or more people can be arranged now by ringing 5449 9360. Recommended for ages 13 years and over.
From 26th July, for credit card booking phone 5449 9343 between 10am & 4pm or for counter bookings at Noosa Arts Theatre, Saturday mornings only, between 9am & 12 midday.
Visit Noosa Arts Website at www.noosaartstheatre.org.au for more details and check out the Tickets page for seating plan.
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