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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Performance: CHICAGO the Musical @ SUU (Cedar City: Feb 7-9)


Michael French
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
College of Performing & Visual Arts
Southern Utah University


WHAT:              There’s music, murder and mayhem when Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents CHICAGO the Musical. The hilarious award-winning musical comedy will be directed by Brad Carroll, who staged Utah Shakespeare Festival’s highly successful Les Misérables

WHO:               Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Arts & Dance Series

WHEN:             February 7-9, 14-16, 2013

TIME:               7:30pm

WHERE:           Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS:         (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

PRICES:           General Adult Admission: $10; SUU Faculty & Staff: $8; Student & Youth: $5; SUU Students: Free with valid I.D.


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: There’s music, murder and mayhem when Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents CHICAGO the Musical Thursday-Saturday, February 7-9 and 14-16 at the Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City. Curtain time is 7:30pm for all performances. The hilarious award-winning musical comedy will be directed by Brad Carroll, who staged Utah Shakespeare Festival’s highly successful Les Misérables.  

Still running on Broadway after sixteen record-breaking years, CHICAGO the Musical features a book by theatrical legends Bob Fosse (director/choreographer of Sweet Charity and Pippin) and Fred Ebb. Lyricist Ebb and composer John Kander (Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Zobra) created the musical’s sizzling score. The award-winning musical is based on the 1926 play, Chicago, by Maurine Dallas Watkins, who used her experiences as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. A scintillating and satirical examination of the justice system, CHICAGO the Musical follows the exploits of would-be chorine Roxie Hart, who achieves notoriety for shooting her callous lover, and vaudevillian Velma Kelly, who killed her faithless husband and sister. Competing with each other for attention and headlines, the women soon realize that their fame is temporary and their only chance of beating the murder charges rests with slick lawyer Billy Flynn. Sharp-witted and fast-paced, CHICAGO the Musical is highlighted by a series of show-stopping song and dance routines including the rousing “All that Jazz,” the glittering “Razzle Dazzle” and scorching “Cell Block Tango.” The current long-running revival in New York received six Tony Awards in 1996 and the musical’s 2002 film version won six Academy Awards including Best Picture of the Year.  

There is no containing director Brad Carroll’s enthusiasm for CHICAGO the Musical. “The Roaring Twenties, flappers, the Charleston, Prohibition, Al Capone. And, of course, the requisite murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation and vice. Welcome to CHICAGO the Musical, where crime is a form of entertainment and Cook County Jail is the hottest ticket in town. It's all 'show-biz,' kids -- kill your husband, become a star! Kander and Ebb have combined true accounts of the 'Merry Murderesses' of Chicago with the flashy, bawdy world of Vaudeville to create a biting and, it would seem, timeless satire about the world of criminal celebrity. Still running on Broadway, it is an amazing privilege for SUU to have been granted the rights to produce CHICAGO the Musical as part of our season! So…’rouge your knees…roll your stockings down…and all that jazz!’"

Joining Carroll in bringing CHICAGO the Musical to the SUU stage are choreographer Kirsten Sham and musical director Gerald Rheault. The design team for the production includes set designs by Jarrod Bray, costume design by Wendy A. Sanders, lighting design by Karyn Lawrence, sound design by Nicolas Berti Inegar and hair and makeup design by Natalia Castilla. Kelli Kovach is dramaturge and Miriam Gonzalez serves as stage manager.

The cast is headed by Samantha Smith as Roxie Hart, Tatem Credille as Velma Kelly and Alex Allred as Billy Flynn. Both Smith and Credille were featured as two of the March sisters in last year’s production of Little Women while Allred appeared in the comedy Almost, Maine at SUU. The cast also features Alisha Fabbi (The Music Man at Utah Shakespeare Festival) as the scheming Matron Mama Morton, Grayson Moulton (SUU’s King Lear) as the woebegone Amos Hart and R. Palmer (SUU’s A Christmas Carol on the Air) as the crusading reporter Mary Sunshine. The ensemble includes Camille Anthian Bahoravitch, Dalton Burr, Tony Carter, Sharon Chen, Amanda Dayton, Josh Durfey, Joshua L.  Hopkins, Taylor Holbrook, Sceri Ivers, Dustin Liechty, Nate Marble, Katelin Ruzzamenti, Carly Skankey and Chris Whiteside.

Tickets are now on sale. Prices are: $10 General Admission; $8 SUU Faculty/Staff, $5 Youth and free for SUU students with a valid ID. For tickets, call (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or purchase at the Centrum Arena box office. Tickets may be purchased online at www.suu.edu/arts.

The 2012-2013 Theatre Arts & Dance Series includes, in rotating repertory, two contemporary plays God of Carnage and Women of Lockerbie. Tickets for these productions are now on sale.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and the new Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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