'Chicago' first production at reopened auditorium
URBANA — The Urbana High School Theatre Department will present the Broadway hit "Chicago" from Wednesday through Nov. 11. The musical will be the inaugural theater production in the newly remodeled Cobb Auditorium.
"Chicago," one of Broadway's most popular and longest-running musicals, features memorable characters, dance numbers and popular songs such as "All That Jazz" and "Mr. Cellophane."
The production is directed by UHS director of theater Tim Broeker, with vocal direction provided by Tom Mohr. Orchestra direction is by Darren Hicks with choreography by Meghan Laskos. The show is rated PG-13 due to adult language and adult situations.
The plot: In roaring '20s Chicago, chorus girl 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.
The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the auditorium, 1002 S. Race St. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 384-3505. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.