Dazzling jazz-age classic opens at Players
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