|"CHICAGO" Opens July 5th|
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.
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.