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Auburn University Theater to Launch Chicago

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- The Auburn University Theater will present "Chicago" starting Thursday.

"Chicago" follows Roxie Hart as she joins the ranks of Velma Kelly and the other "merry murderesses" of the Cook County jail in 1920s Chicago. With the help of lawyer Billy Flynn and prison matron Momma Morton, Roxie and Velma harness the power of celebrity to plead their cases and become stars. Although "Chicago" originally opened on Broadway in 1975, its tawdry tales of celebrity culture run amok remain relevant today. Audiences can expect a stage chock full of sultry movement, shrewd vocals, and satirical humor.

Auburn's production of "Chicago," features Meg McGuffin, who was Miss Alabama in 2015. McGuffin is currently a graduate student at Auburn.

The artistic team for "Chicago" includes direction by Chris Qualls, music direction by Elizabeth Benson, choreography by Jeri Dickey, costume design by Tracy Oleinick (assisted by Tori Lewis), guest lighting and scenic design by Travis McHale and guest sound design by Anthony Narcisco (assisted by Cheyenne Dalton). The cast includes Cara Elle Benson, Nick Brazleton, Tyler Carter, Bobby Coe, Sarah Beth Cumella, Connor Dealy, Allison Dixon, Delainy Earle, Emma Fox, Sierra Hardwick, Hudson Hubbard, Teyonna Johnson, Hannah Kuykendall, Grant Lackey, Meg McGuffin, Logan Pace, Cate Rasco, Dylan Renfrow, Kelly Reynolds, Ebony Strong, Scott Tye, Kristen VanderWal, Lauren Vedder and Olivia Zeagler.

"Chicago" first appeared onstage as a play that eventually caught the eyes of choreographer/director Bob Fosse and his wife, Gwen Verdon, an actress. At Fosse and Verdon's urging, American songwriters John Kander and Frank Ebb adapted the original play into a tawdry, jazz musical that premiered on Broadway in 1975. While a mild hit, the musical did not enter into the pantheon of musical theatre until the revival premiered on Broadway in 1997. That revival production still runs at the Ambassador Theatre and has reached nearly 9000 performances.

Additionally, Rob Marshall's 2002 film version of "Chicago," starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger and Queen Latifah, won a total of six academy awards including best picture.


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