Broadway comes to the Key City Theatre again!
New Years Eve is HOT at the Key City Theatre, with another smash off-off-off Broadway production. Promising to ring in 2019 with excitement, glamour and glitz it’s Chicago the Musical opening its run.
Set in Chicago during the roaring "jazz hot" 20s, the musical tells the story of two rival vaudeville murderesses who’ve been locked up in Cook County jail. Velma Kelly, nightclub star, is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Chorus girl and adulteress Roxie Hart has been thrown in the joint for bumping off her lover. Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and charming lawyer Billy Flynn, to razzle-dazzle her incarceration into a murder of the week media frenzy. But Roxie‘s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve and through charm, manipulations and dirty rotten lies, manages to turn a feeding frenzy into a full on war.
Chicago is a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts.
It is hunger for fame, media spectacles, fake news and trial by publicity. Set nearly a full century ago, the plot is timeless, the music sensational, the Bob Fosse inspired choreography phenomenal, and when it all comes together, it promises to be a tour de force Cranbrook will not soon forget.
Directing the production will be Brenda Babinski whose last few projects include Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, and the multi Abbott award winning production of the Producers. When choosing Chicago as her next project, Babinski opted for a new kind of challenge.
“My past few productions have been lots of fun, campy humour and outrageous antics. Chicago will be a different kind of fun. It’s sexy and fast-paced and challenging on a lot of levels. “
One of the newest challenges will be the addition of live music to the stage for this production.
“Working with an orchestra has been my dream and with Chicago one of the featured components is having live music centre stage. It’s a great way to showcase a whole new aspect of our local talent “
Galen Olstead, Managing Director of the Key City Theatre and Executive Producer of the project is excited to host another musical theatre production.
"Last year‘s production was a huge success and a lot of fun. It brought together some of the most talented artists in the community to undertake a huge challenge - So just from the laughter and friendships and connections that were made from that project it is a no brainer to do it again."
After spearheading the smash success and winning the first coveted Abbott award for best production for the Producers, Olstead hopes that this year's project will reach out even further to the community.
"We have a lot of talent in our community and projects like this allow people to stretch their wings and push themselves a little bit further. And it brings all sorts of people together. We get wonderful memories, a sense of pride in seeing a friend of loved one give a great performance, and friendships that last for many, many years afterwards."
Tickets for the New Year’s eve gala spectacular and for the January run are on sale now. You can purchase tickets at the box office at Key city Theatre, by phoning 250–426–7006 or click here to select your seats now