Chicago glamour has razzle dazzle for all the family
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