Northern Stage, the pioneering New England theater company, announces its new production of Chicago. The company obtained special permission from the show's creators to produce an intimate ensemble-based version of the hit musical, directed by Northern Stage Producing Director Catherine Doherty and award-winning New York director-choreographer Connor Gallagher, who also developed original choreography for the show. The cast includes Broadway actors Amanda Lea LaVergne (Grease), Tony Lawson (Les Misérables) and Jessica Lee Goldyn, who at the age of 20 scored the part of the original Val in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and currently appears in the hit television series Smash.
"No other theater company has done a production of Chicago like this one," says Doherty, who has worked at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center and Off-Broadway. "We're taking the show back to the fundamentals of storytelling, with actors playing multiple roles. They take the audience into a backstage environment and create different environments there. It's an incredibly exciting way to reimagine the show."
Chicago, with book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins, runs live on stage at Northern Stage at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT, from April 11 through May 6. For tickets and information, call 802-296-7000 or visitwww.northernstage.org. This play contains mature subject matter.
Performances are Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (except for the Opening Night performance on Friday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.), and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. (except no performance on Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.), with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday, April 19. The show is sponsored by Mascoma Savings Bank and Chippers.