Chicago glam­our has raz­zle daz­zle for all the fam­ily

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will get that ol’ raz­zle daz­zle when Nep­tune Theatre Com­pany stages hit mu­si­cal Chicago.

Di­rected by Caro­line Thomas and Wendy Fa­hey, the Broad­way smash tells a tale of greed, mur­der and treach­ery against a back­drop of a daz­zling mu­si­cal score.

Set in the roar­ing ’20s, Chicago is based on the true story of mur­der­esses Beu­lah An­nan and Belva Gaert­ner, aka Roxie and Velma, who vie for the spot­light and pub­lic­ity to cat­a­pult them to fame, free­dom and stage ca­reers.

‘‘We have colour, glitz, glam­our, an on-stage, 12-piece jazz band and more than a few sur­prises,’’ Fa­hey says. ‘‘We are for­tu­nate to have some fab­u­lous lo­cal dance teach­ers who have chore­ographed and ap­peared in our pro­duc­tions.

‘‘My vi­sion for Chicago was to con­vince the cast to trans­port our au­di­ence into a jail, cabaret-style, with lights, glitz and glam­our for those who con­sider the pro­fes­sional ver­sion too dark and black.’’ Fa­hey says the re­sult is a show for fam­i­lies of all ages. It stars Cherie Goosey as Roxie, Caro­line Thomas as Velma, Deb­bie Tanna as Mama Morten, Andy Fa­hey as Amos and new­com­ers Leigh Har­ri­son as Billy Flynn and J. Ahrens as the Re­porter.

‘‘It has been dif­fi­cult to cast strong lines of fe­male and male ac­tors, a prob­lem faced by the Gold Coast com­mu­nity theatre,’’ Fa­hey says.

From its open­ing in 1975, through to re­vival pro­duc­tions and an award-win­ning 2002 film adap­ta­tion, Chicago has been a long-run­ning world­wide hit.

opens at Tweed Civic Cen­tre to­mor­row and plays Fri­days and Satur­days at 7.30pm un­til May 26, with 1.30pm mati­nees on Satur­days and a 1.30pm fi­nale on May 27. Tick­ets are $15 to $25. Call 5536 2446 to book.

From left, Caro­line Thomas (as Velma Kelly) and Cherie Goosey (Roxie Hart) star in

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