"CHICAGO" Opens July 5th
[Chicago] The Master of Ceremonies addresses you, the audience, "You are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery - all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts." Welcome to Chicago, a naughty musical that brings back the good old days of the windy city at it's most notorious! When people talk about the innocence of yesteryear, they seem to be forgetting about Chicago, circa 1920. A time when politicians were available in a variety of price ranges. When the courts were more interested in publicity than the pursuit of justice. When jazz babies and bathtub gin filled the hearts and livers of your average downtown Joe!

[Chicago] Rosemarie Gerould is back as director after taking a break from the last two shows. How does she feel? "Refreshed! Ready and eager to do this show," she says, smiling. And she has every reason to smile, because there's a lot of talent on that stage. "I'm really pleased with the quality of talent we have in this show and staff! It gives me renewed energy!"

Right now we'd usually go into detail about the cast of Chicago, but not this time. There are a few surprises that are just to good to give away so soon. We will tell you that jazz-honey gone wrong Roxie is played by newcomer Patti Baumert, and the tough as nails Velma is played by Erin Johnson (who appeared in Magic Circle in a much sweeter role as the lead Maria, in The Sound of Music). And fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, king of publicity, is played by Brian Lewis. You may remember Brian from our last show, How the Other Half Loves, and his quick impersonation of Superman.

[Chicago] What can you expect? A great show, with amazing dancing and a terrific score that opens with "All That Jazz" and just gets better. It's a rousing good time for a mature audience. You might want to consider leaving anyone 12 and under at home (with a video involving good role models who don't drink gin and shoot boyfriends.)

By the way, the costumers, Judy Bouchard and Eileen Beaver, are having way too much fun with this show. When asked how things are coming along, they just smile wide and laugh. We'll just have to wait and see.

Chicago is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., and plays Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. from July 5 - August 3, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. on July 21 and 28. Tickets are $14.00 seniors and student, $17.00 general admission. Call (916) 782-1777 for reservations.