Spotlight on Chicago

THE opening night curtain is about to be raised on the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s second major musical for 2017, Chicago.

Using the success of Miss Saigon for momentum, the tight ensemble piece with 18 cast, a band onstage, exquisite energetic choreography, and one of the most memorable and addictive scores in musical theatre is sure to appeal.

What’s not to love about watching murderess nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Bron Kalos) being upstaged by showgirl wannabe Roxie Hart (Nina Barry-Macaulay) as Chicago’s slickest lawyer Billy Flynn (Will Hanley) chooses her case to further his profile and turns her story in to a media circus of headlines.

Celebrity status doesn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story, and with Matron ‘Mama’ Morton (Elly Poletti) providing the favours whilst the city of Chicago goes into a frenzy over fame, murder and the women behind the stories, it’s no wonder this sensational and satirical musical provides entertainment overload.

A dedicated and talented production team provides an exquisite backdrop to the stylish and sophisticated action on stage, which also provides wit and humour – not just a visual feast.

Those who feel they are not familiar with Chicago will be surprised as they sit in the audience and recognise hit after hit within the score.

Choreographer Rose Wray-McCann has created clever and unique numbers within the ‘Fosse-style’, which is the hallmark of this show.

A range of characters grace the stage, at times directly speaking to the audience as they highlight the hypocrisy of the 1920s criminal justice system in Chicago.

The action moves seamlessly as the audience follows Roxie Hart’s journey from being a nobody to a celebrity in a town where the greatest show of all is played out in the courtroom.

Audiences can expect to laugh long and often, and shake their heads in disbelief as events unfold, which are not too far away from what we see today.

The vibrant, dynamic and detailed opening number All That Jazz immediately sets the tone and quality of the show.

Come and be razzle dazzled at one of the 12 shows on offer.

The show opens this Saturday (August 19) and closes on September 2.

Tickets are available from www.wtg.org.au or in person at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Tuesday until Friday from 10am to 2pm.

Chicago stars: Bron Kalos and Nina Barry-Macaulay will bring murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart to life on August 19. Photo credit: www.inverloch3996.com.au.

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