CHICAGO Opens at the Manatee Players in Bradenton

The popular hit musical CHICAGO opens at the Manatee Players on August 18 and plays through September 4. Performances are Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 including facility fee for adults and $11 including facility fee for students.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 748-5875 Monday - Friday from 9-5 and one hour before curtain on performance days or on the Manatee Players' website: . All performances are at 102 Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton.

CHICAGO is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. The book is by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she had reported on.

The original 1975 Broadway production ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. CHICAGO'S 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival.

Eve Caballero and Andrea Wright as Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart lead the cast which also features Latoya McCormick as Matron Mama Morton, Andrew Suchman as Billy Flynn and Michael Morris as Amos Hart. The talented cast also includes Tahlia Byers, Elora Czaia, Geena Ravella, Libby Fleming, Cassandra Maria Caballero, Jennifer Brader, Tim Parker, Lauren Richard, Tara Collandra, Katie Zanders, Juan Martinez, Brian Boytek, Noah Chinault, Phillip Morehouse, Brian Strubbe, S. Vitale and Tyler Brown.

The show is being directed and choreographed by Dewayne Barrett with Bobby Brader as Musical Director.


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