John O'Hurley Stars in CHICAGO at the Ordway, 8/7-12

July 26
9:18 PM 2012

John O'Hurley Stars in CHICAGO at the Ordway, 8/7-12

CHICAGO, winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Review, kicks off the Ordway's 2012-13 Theater Season with a one-week run beginning Tuesday, August 7, 2012. CHICAGO, which opened to rave reviews on November 14th, 1996, now has the distinction of being the fourth longest-running production in Broadway history, and it shows no sign of ever slowing down.

Starring as Billy Flynn is John O'Hurley, the award-winning actor, best known as "J. Peterman" on "Seinfeld," which is now the No. 1 syndicated series in the world in 85 countries. He danced his way into the hearts of America as the ultimate champion of the highly rated ABC show "Dancing with the Stars," starred on Broadway in CHICAGO, as the male lead "Billy Flynn" and starred in a two-year stint as the head of the Round Table, King Arthur, in Eric Idle's hilarious musical comedy "Monty Python's Spamalot" in Las Vegas. On the small screen he can be seen weekly on the popular syndicated show "Family Feud."

As a follow-up to his Billboard chart-topping CD "Peace of Our Minds" (which was the first independently produced CD to ever reach #13 on the Billboard Music charts), O'Hurley recently released "Secrets from the Lake," a collaboration of his piano compositions with cellist Marston Smith.

Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

The national tour is directed by Scott Faris and choreographed by Gary Chryst. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher. A cast list is attached.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon with productions in 24 countries and 11 languages since 1996.

An Ordway Extra will take place one hour before the show on Wednesday, August 8 in the Marzitelli Foyer. The Ordway will also host a talkback immediately after the show on August 8. The talkback will be a Q & A session about the show with members of the cast and creative team.

The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul's most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway's Music Theater and McKnight stages attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway's mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children's Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. The Ordway also serves as authorizer for the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a professionally guided academic and artistic environment that trains aspiring pre-professional performing artists. Together with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances.

CHICAGO plays Tue., Aug. 7 at 7:30pm; Wed., Aug. 8 at 7:30pm; Thurs., Aug. 9 at 7:30pm; Fri., Aug. 10 at 7:30pm; Sat., Aug. 11 at 2:00pm; Sat., Aug. 11 at 7:30pm; Sun., Aug. 12 at 2:00pm; and Sun., Aug. 12 at 7:30pm. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is located at 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Tickets start at $35 including fees. To book, call 651.224.4222 or 651.282.3111 (Groups), or visit ordway.org.

St. Paul THEATER Stories | Shows




Advertisement Advertisement

BROADWAYWORLD TV

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Latest - Special Interview: It Takes Two- HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron
A Christmas Story in BroadwayA Christmas Story
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
(Runs 11/18 - 12/18)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical in BroadwayRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Stages Theatre Company
(Runs 11/18 - 12/28)
Dinner at Eight in BroadwayDinner at Eight
Minnesota Opera
(Runs 3/11 - 3/19)
The Drawer Boy in BroadwayThe Drawer Boy
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
(Runs 2/3 - 2/19)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch in BroadwayHedwig and the Angry Inch
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts [Main Hall]
(Runs 2/14 - 2/19)

VIEW ALL ADD A SHOW AUDITIONS

Save $$$ on Tickets to:
Backstage with Richard Ridge
JERSEY BOYS' Mark Ballas
Backstage Bite
Thanksgiving Special!
Turning the Tables
BWW TV LAST MINUTE with Randy Rainbow Congas to ON YOUR FEET!
  Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow
Randy Rainbow Checks in w/ Liza to Chat HAIRSPRAY, Pence & More!
KID CRITICS
KID CRITICS at BLUE MAN!
BROADWAY SESSIONS
Open Mic'ers Bring It All to Broadway Sessions!
Advertisement AdvertisementAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement