Sept. 05--Sex, murder, fame and the razzle dazzle of 1920s Chicago comes to St. Louis when the first national tour of "Chicago" returns Sept. 20 through 22 at the Fox Theatre.
Wayward housewife and nightclub dancer Roxie Hart dreams of stardom while cheating on her unsuspecting husband. But when her lover threatens to walk out on her, Roxie murders him in cold blood. Desperate to avoid a conviction, Roxie hires Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer, the smooth-talking Billy Flynn, to defend her.
In a spectacular display of courtroom theatrics, Flynn transforms Roxie's malicious crime into a sympathetic story that captures the imagination of the city's story-hungry press and public. Meanwhile, Flynn's other client and Roxie's cell-mate rival Velma Kelly plots her own sensational rise to criminal stardom.
The original Broadway production of "Chicago" opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. The show featured a book by Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. John Kander composed the music while Ebb wrote the lyrics. Fosse directed and choreographed the show, which is a stunning display of his innovative and unique style.
A revival of "Chicago" opened on Nov. 14, 1996 to rave reviews. Barry and Fran Weissler produced the show with Walter Bobbie directing and Ann Reinking choreographing in the style of Bob Fosse. The revival went on to win six Tony awards in 1997 including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. The show also has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history.
The St. Louis show features John O'Hurley as the silver-tongued prince of the courtroom, Billy Flynn. O'Hurley is best known as J. Peterman on the long-running hit TV show "Seinfeld" for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award. His other television credits include "Dancing with the Stars," "Dance-Off!" on ABC and as the host of "Family Feud." O'Hurley has played the role of Billy Flynn three times on Broadway. He also starred in the national tours of "Pirates of Penzance," Gentleman Prefer Blondes" and "Brigadoon," and has performed with many symphony orchestras across the country.
Paige Davis stars as murderess Roxie Hart. Her Broadway credits include Gloria in"Boeing, Boeing," and she starred as Charity in the National Tours of "Sweet Charity." Her other credits include Babette in"Beauty and the Beast" and "The Vagina Monologues." On television, Davis starred as the host of TLC's "Trading Spaces" and "Home and Family" on Hallmark. She is a 2013 Emmy Award Nominee for "Home Made Simple" on OWN.
Terra C. MacLeod will play the role of Roxie's cell-mate Velma Kelly. MacLeod hasplayed the role of Velma Kelly around theworld, from Broadway to the West End, as well as the international andnational tours and the 10th Anniversary Gala.Her film and TV credits include "The Lizzie Maguire Movie," "TheReagans," "The Dead Zone," "Jeremiah," "Cold Squad" and "Life or Something Like It." Carol Woods will play the role of Matron "Mama" Morton and Todd Buonopane as Amos Hart.
Director Walter Bobbie and Choreographer Ann Reinking return for the touring production. Set designer John Lee Beatty, Costume Designer William Ivey Long, Lighting Designer Ken Billington and Sound Designr Scott Lehrer round out the creative team. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns and supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.
Performances of "Chicago" are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
To purchase tickets, visit MetroTix.com, call (314) 534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre Box Office at 531 N. Grand Blvd.
Ticket prices start at $30. Prices are subject to change; refer to FabulousFox.com for current pricing information.
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