Monday, June 4, 2012

Performance Riverside Concludes Season with CHICAGO


Kander & Ebb’s
CHICAGO is Performance Riverside’s grand finale to its 2011-2012 season and is playing now through June 10th. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production and also co-wrote the book with Fred Ebb. Producing Artistic Director Matt Neves directs the production, with choreography by Valerie Rachelle and Rhett Guter and musical direction by Scott Smith.

Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the story lampoons corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the "celebrity criminal". The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. In this razor sharp satire set in roaring twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her 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.

Performance Riverside’s cast has Chelsea Franko in the role of Roxie Hart, Ayelet Firstenberg as Velma Kelly, Jason Webb as Billy Flynn, Jamie Snyder as Amos Hart, Kami Crump as Momma Morton, Chris Sands as Mary Sunshine, and an ensemble including Dominique Araiza, Erica Beck, Heather Biede, Tyler Burk, David St. Pierre, Bryan Martinez, Alyx Michele, Robert Parkison, Clifford Plummer, Cesare G. Quintero, Kirklyn Robinson, Salisha Thomas and Matt Wiley.

Performances are at Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. For more information and to purchase tickets contact the box office at 951-222-8100 or visit www.performanceriverside.org.

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