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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: San Jose Stage Company Announces The Cast and Creative Team for Upcoming Musical “Chicago”

Jan 10, 2020
San Jose Stage Company has announced the cast and creative team for the third production of The Stage’s 37th Season, Broadway’s longest-running American musical, “Chicago.” Nominated for three 1975 Tony Awards and the 1997 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical, “Chicago” features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. “Chicago” is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, with the script adaptation by David Thompson.

“Chicago” takes place in roaring twenties Chicago, where Roxie Hart lands on murderers’ row along with famed nightclub star Velma Kelly. Chicago’s slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend them and soon turns their stories into a media circus filled with flair to gain the public’s sympathy. As a timely satire on American justice and sensationalized journalism, “Chicago” relies on ‘fake news’ to reconstruct public reality. This sharp-edged musical mixes the immortal style of Bob Fosse with infamous songs like ‘The Cell Block Tango,’ ‘Mr. Cellophane,’ and ‘All That Jazz’ into a powder keg of a show.

The Stage’s production of “Chicago” will be directed by Randall King, with choreography by Tracey Freeman-Shaw and music direction by Benjamin Belew. “Chicago will run from February 5 through March 15, 2020 at San Jose Stage Company (490 South 1st Street) in San Jose, CA.

The principal cast of “Chicago” includes Allison F. Rich as Velma Kelly, Monique Hafen Adams as Roxie Hart, Keith Pinto as Billy Flynn, Branden Noel Thomas as Matron ‘Mama’’ Morton, Kyle Bielfield as Mary Sunshine and Sean Doughty as Amos Hart. The “Chicago” ensemble includes Tracy Freeman-Shaw, Matthew Kropschot, Zoey Lytle, Jill Miller, Monica Moe, Jacqueline Neeley, Vinh Nguyen, Nick Rodrigues and Tony Wooldridge.

In addition to Mr. King, Ms. Freeman-Shaw and Mr. Belew, the creative team includes Robert Pickering (Scenic Design), Michael Palumbo (Lighting Design), Ashley Garlick (Costume Design), Steve Schoenbeck (Sound Design), Caitlin Elizabeth (Props Coordinator) and Michael Truman Cavanaugh (Production Stage Manager).

“Chicago” runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. For tickets or more information please phone (408) 283-7142 or visit www.thestage.com.

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Photo caption: L to R: Monique Hafen Adams as Roxie Hart and Allison F. Rich as Velma Kelly. (Photo by Dave Lepori)


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