KickstArt’s Chicago set to razzle in Durban

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Chicago - Showgirl, Velma Kelly (Katy Moore); housewife, Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) - Photo: Val Adamson Photography.
Chicago – Showgirl, Velma Kelly (Katy Moore); housewife, Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) – Photo: Val Adamson Photography.

Durban’s KickstArt, starts the year with some high-kicking razzle-dazzle with the musical Chicago at the UKZN campus’ Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 7–30 April.

Oozing gritty sex appeal, this phenomenal musical follows this multi-awarding-winning production house’s previous cutting edge contemporary musicals: Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Cabaret.

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Chicago features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The Durban staging will be directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King, musical direction by Evan Roberts, and lighting design by Tina le Roux.

Chicago - Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) - Photo: Val Adamson Photography.
Chicago – Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) – Photo: Val Adamson Photography.

Chicago explores the themes of celebrity, scandal and corruption in prohibition-era, jazz-infused Chicago. The satirical musical-noir is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about real life Chicago criminals in true cases.

The story centres on vaudevillian showgirl, Velma Kelly (Katy Moore) and housewife, Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) two murderesses who find themselves in jail awaiting trial – fighting for the fame that will keep them from the gallows.

Also in the cast are Billy (Jason Ralph); Mama Morton (Charon Williams Ros); Mary Sunshine (Anne Marie Clulow) and Amos (Bryan Hiles). The production also features an onstage live nine piece band under the direction of Evan Roberts.

The musical was made into a movie in 2002 starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere.

Chicago - Two murderesses: Showgirl, Velma Kelly (Katy Moore); housewife, Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) with Mama Morton (Charon Williams Ros) - Photo: Val Adamson Photography.
Chicago – Two murderesses: Showgirl, Velma Kelly (Katy Moore); housewife, Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) with Mama Morton (Charon Williams Ros) – Photo: Val Adamson Photography.

Chicago features a slew of show-stopping numbers: All that Jazz; When You’re Good to Mama; Cell Block Tango; Mister Cellophane and Razzle Dazzle.

Book for all 2017 shows at Computicket: www.computicket.co.za / 0861 915 8000 / Shoprite Checkers Money Market Counters.

For enquiries for block bookings of 50 or more people / entire performances, please contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places: editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com, or 083 250 2690.

For more info, visit www.kickstarttheatre.co.za

 

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