Renowned for its toe-tapping jazzy score, comic-timing and high kicks, Chicago is coming to the Capital Theatre and it is the local talent in the spotlight.

Writer: Paula Hubert – Photographer: David Field

So strong is the seduction of Chicago that record numbers auditioned for the musical last May at Bendigo Theatre Company’s shed.
Out of 70 actors, 27 had that extra razzle dazzle needed for the fast-paced musical on show at the Capital Theatre from September 26 to October 5.
Chicago has a strong local talented team behind the scenes too, including director John Murray, choreographer Vivienne Black and musical director Cynthia Holsworth.
“The cast is extremely talented and vibrant. There’s a lovely mix of very experienced actors and younger actors,” says John Murray, who also recently directed Into the Woods and Les Miserables.
He promises to deliver a show that is “minimalist but dramatic”. The audience will also enjoy a multi-level stage set with a 13-piece orchestra two metres above the stage.
“It’ll be a real mix of night club and vaudeville – very raunchy and seedy, but the outcome is spectacular,” he says.
Set in the roaring 1920s in the windy city during prohibition, Chicago delves into the murky world of vaudeville and those dreaming of fame and fortune. The musical conveys coldblooded murder, courtroom drama and of course a half-dressed cast that shimmies. Audiences are sure to leave the theatre still humming the catchy tunes like All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle.
The characters are larger than life: Billy Flynn is the manipulative lawyer who saves his clients from death row by turning them into celebrity criminals; the naïve, yet ruthless, wannabe Roxie Hart who kills her lover; and Velma Kelly, the sexy starlet of vaudeville who murders her sister and husband after discovering they were lovers.
It’s no wonder the 1975 musical with a score composed by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and choreography from Bob Fosse, is the longest running musical revival on Broadway and loved by audiences around the world…