Coronado Playhouse Presents CHICAGO, Now thru 2/23
CHICAGO, the 2003 Academy award-winning movie first thrilled audiences on the Broadway stage in 1975 with an original collaboration by the classic duo John Kander and Fred Ebb. The legendary Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the razzle-dazzle musical that went on to an even more successful revival in 1997, winning six Tony Awards.
Now, audiences will experience CHICAGO like never before at Coronado Playhouse, which has been transformed into a prohibition era speakeasy cabaret. This production has been completely reimagined specifically for the intimate theater setting, complete with a pre-show musical revue before each performance. The fresh look at the musical classic reinvigorates the story of power and provocative crimes of passion with favorite show stopping numbers like "All That Jazz," the "Cell Block Tango" and "Mr. Cellophane."
During the run of the award winning musical, Coronado Playhouse, also known as the Community's Theater, will partner with Make-A-Wish San Diego to support children with life threatening illnesses. Audience members are invited to donate money to the organization through cash or check as the hat is passed during each show. In the spirit of the 1920s gunshots and gangsters' generation, there will be arrests made in the CHICAGO cabaret with patrons put in "jail." Their only hope for release from the makeshift cell block is to raise bail money that will be donated to Make-A-Wish San Diego - to make a child's wish come true. Plans are also in process to include a child in a performance of CHICAGO as the cast and crew provide them their moment in the spotlight. Details are coming soon about a specific child and performance time.
Coronado Playhouse is committed to giving back to the local community beyond quality entertainment and using its public platform to help those in need. To find out more about how donations are used or to nominate a child for a wish, please go to www.sandiego.wish.org.
OUT Night at Coronado Playhouse for the LGBT community will be Thursday, January 23, 2014, with a pre-show mixer beginning at 6:30 p.m. The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine, appetizers, cocktail specials and admission to the show. Don't miss our CHICAGO Valentine's Day Happy Hour on Thursday, February 14. Plan a romantic evening starting with a 6:30 p.m. reception, which includes appetizers and drink specials. Impress that special someone with champagne, a rose and the night's pre-show and performance starting at 7:30 p.m.
The CHICAGO cast features Allison Boettcher as the murderess, Roxie Hart, and Meredith Russo as Velma, her partner in crime. The suave and manipulating attorney Billy Flynn is played by David Guthrie, with Tori Roze in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton, and Jacob Alexander Davis as the overlooked faithful husband, Amos Hart. Daryl Daley is Mary Sunshine, and the Masters of Ceremony are Eboni Muse, Kimberly Miller and Brittney Caldwell. The trio does double duty with a pre-show revue before each performance.
The supporting cast features murderesses Laman Musayeva (Hunyak), Alexandra Slade (Mona), MJ Turner (Liz), Siri Hafso (Annie), Tamara Rodriguez (June), Julianne Little (Goto- Hell Kitty), Joey Kirkpatrick (Fred Casely), Patrick Mayuyu (Harry/Aaron/Harrison), Reggie Hutchins (The Judge), Trevor Peringer (Jury), Jessica Stamper (Tap Soloist), Candace Carbajal, Prince Charming, Wildfred Paloma, Chris Borrero, and Carmina Vasquez.
The band is conducted by Patrick Marion and includes: David Rumley (Drums/Percussion), Oliver Shirley (Bass), Rik Ogden (Guitars/Woodwinds), and Michael Fowler (Trumpet).
The Production Team includes:
Director: Chrissy Burns
Choreographer: Jennifer Solomon-Rubio
Musical Director: Chris Tweedy
Producer: Luc R. Pelletier
Band Director: Patrick Marion
Lighting Design: Chad Oakley and Xavier Luevano
Set Design: Frank Stangler
Costume Design: Alex and Pat John
To learn more about ticket prices and discounts, or sponsorships, contact the box office at 619- 435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the
Masters of Ceremony pre-show event starting at 7:30 p.m.