Daz­zling jazz-age clas­sic opens at Players

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the days of fame-seek­ing re­al­ity tele­vi­sion stars, some women went to ex­treme lengths to get in the head­lines. The mu­si­cal Chicago is based on a play of the same name by Chicago Tri­bune re­porter Mau­rine Dal­las Watkins who wrote sen­sa­tional cov­er­age of the 1924 tri­als of two mur­der­esses, and fic­tion­alised an ac­count of the cases in her play. Set in the pro­hi­bi­tion era, Chicago is a hi­lar­i­ous satire of celebrity, scan­dal and cor­rup­tion in jazz-age Chicago. It opens at the Players The­atre in Bal­lina to­mor­row night. The story fol­lows fa­mous stage per­former Velma Kelly, played by Natalie Havilah, af­ter she mur­dered both her hus­band and sis­ter when she found them in bed together while am­bi­tious cho­rus girl Roxie Hart, played by Lali Gill, mur­dered her lover and con­vinced her hus­band the vic­tim was a bur­glar. With help from slick lawyer Billy Flynn, Roxie be­comes the toast of the town.

plays Players The­atre, Bal­lina, Fri­days and Satur­days at 8pm and Sun­days at 2pm un­til July 7

Lali Gill as Roxie Hart in

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