Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Sierra Stages' CHICAGO, Coming to the Nevada Theatre

This summer, Sierra Stages brings the excitement of the hit musical "Chicago" to Nevada City with an all-local Nevada County production playing from July 13 through August 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, "Chicago" tells the story of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl who murders her lover. Desperate to avoid a conviction, Roxie dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn, to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the company in costume!

Most audiences know "Chicago" from the 2002 movie version with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Richard Gere. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1975, "Chicago" is a modern classic of the American musical theatre, with a catchy score by John Kander and Fred Ebb (perhaps best known for another modern classic, "Cabaret") and a funny and engaging book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse (who directed and choreographed the original production). The show is wholly entertaining and incredibly artful as it leads the audience to contemplate the ease with which public opinion may be manipulated with a little smoke and mirrors and a lot of razzle-dazzle.

"Chicago" is directed by Robert Rossman, with dance direction by George Jayne and music direction by Ken Getz, who will conduct the 16-person onstage band. The local Nevada County cast includes Kate Haight, Jacquelynn Kolenko, Jonathan Hansard, Sara Noah, Micah Cone, Janet Oliphant Rossman, Trish Adair, Erin Beatie, Audrey Delgado, Heidi Grass, Tina Marie Kelly, Michaela King, Heather Lucas-Ross, Hailey Patrick, Kimberly Shepard, Angela Williams, Elliot Childs, Chase Coney, Kris Meadows, and JoNathan Willis.

"All of us are excited to be mounting a local production of 'Chicago' as our ninth annual summer show," says musical director Ken Getz. "It's an extremely popular musical and not many theatres are given the rights to perform it because both the Broadway revival and the national tour are continuing to go strong after more than 20 years. We have put together an amazing cast, band, and production staff for the show, and I'm certain we are going to have almost as much fun performing 'Chicago' as the audience will have attending the show."

Performances of "Chicago" are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. General Admission tickets for the first two "preview" performances on Thursday July 13 and Friday July 14 are $20. Thereafter General Admission tickets are $28. Reserved Seating is also available (in advance) for all performances for $38 and is a great way to provide additional financial support for the production and Sierra Stages. Student Rush is also offered for $15 at the door (subject to availability) 30 minutes before each performance (age 25 & under with a valid student ID). For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

Photo Credit: David Wong

high res photos Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Sierra Stages' CHICAGO, Coming to the Nevada Theatre
Jonathan Hansard as Billy Flynn accompanied by Angela Williams and Michaela King Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Sierra Stages' CHICAGO, Coming to the Nevada Theatre
Kate Haight as Velma Kelly Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Sierra Stages' CHICAGO, Coming to the Nevada Theatre
'They Both Reached for the Gun' - The cast of CHICAGO at Sierra Stages

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