The old razzle dazzle set to sizzle

The stage is set to sizzle as Orange Theatre Company brings the Broadway hit Chicago to life.

Director Bruce Buchanan said rehearsals were well underway.

“Chicago is a Broadway vaudeville of the 1920s, the bootleg era, and it follows two ladies who have been incarcerated for the murder of their husband or lovers,’ he said.

“It shows how corruption, booze, liquor and the media really played a part in how they were prosecuted and tried.”

Heading the cast is Trish Aumuller as Velma Kelly, Barry Patterson as Billy Flynn and Jazz Hyde as Roxie Hart.

Cin Jackson will play Matron Mama Morton and Allan Moxey will play Amos Hart, while Nic Schmich takes on the role of Mary Sunshine and Mana King as the emcee.

The Merry Murderesses of the Cook Country Jail will be played by Katrina Kittler, Sally Winton, Lisa Collins, Elli Williams and Madeleine Harley. 

Mr Buchanan said the production differed a little from the 2002 Hollywood movie starring Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

“The stage play is quite a bit different from the movie, a number of songs were cut from the movie,” he said.

“We’ll stay true to the Broadway script but we’ll do our version of the production.”

Mr Buchanan said the production would feature the dark underbelly of the era with the “glitz of Broadway.”

“The production numbers come off with a lot of colour,” he said.

The seven-show production of Chicago will be held at Orange Civic Theatre from May 9 to 18.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketek on 6393 8111.

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