Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Chicago holds the record for the longest-running revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the show follows chorus girl Roxie Hart and her murder of a faithless lover. She convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap, but he when finds out the truth, he turns on her. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and Velma Kelly, another “merry murderess, “ vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. Filled with a stunning score, Chicago will "razzle dazzle" you.
Presenting Sponsor, Bill and Laura Frick
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CHICAGO BACKSTAGE THEATRE COURSE
This course will examine the original production of Chicago, the historical context surrounding the show's creation (from its inspired roots in the 1920s to the urban lifestyles of the 1970s), and Bob Fosse's goals and explorations within the piece.
CHICAGO BACKSTAGE TOUR
JANUARY 13, 11am or 2pm
Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage and see the set designs and props up close. Meet some of the talented people that make it all happen. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour, the cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more donors).
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Andrés Acosta* (Fogarty, Harry, Ensemble)
Andrés is a NYC based actor from Ft. Myers, FL. National Tours: West Side Story (Bernardo), Flashdance (Joe/ensemble) Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Asolo Rep, North Shore, Merry Go Round Playhouse and Lyric Theatre of OK. Favorite professional credits: Grease (Danny), A Chorus Line (Al), and Ragtime (Houdini). BFA Music Theatre from Florida State University and proud member of AEA. Special thanks to Richard, the cast/crew and the staff at Riverside Theatre.
Dane Agostinis* (Amos Hart)
Dane is thrilled to make his Riverside debut in one of his favorite musicals! Last seen playing Bill Austin in Mamma Mia! at Theatre Aspen. Nat'l/Int'l Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Elf (Mr. Greenway), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Duke)/Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Regional: The Full Monty (Dave) - Henry Award Nomination, Debbie Does Dallas (Rick), Oklahoma! (Jud), Bat Boy! The Musical (Rick/Lorraine), ...Spelling Bee (Barfee), SideShow (Terry Connor), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Hipockets). BFA: NYU-CAP21. Huge thanks to everyone at Riverside Theatre, the beyond amazing team of Wojcik/Seay, wonderful managers Terry and David, and Mom, Karen for everything else! www.DaneAgostinis.com
Annelise Baker* (Liz, Ensemble)
Annelise is excited to debut at Riverside Theatre in Chicago! Her recent credits include Jeannie Muldoon in Nice Work If You Can Get It at Theater at the Center in Munster, IL, and Frou Frou in Susan Stroman’s The Merry Widow at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other credits include All Shook Up (Theater at the Center), Oklahoma (Paramount Theatre), West Side Story (Drury Lane Theatre), 39 Steps and Spamalot (Jean’s Playhouse). She is originally from Newton, MA and graduated with a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University in 2014. She would like to thank her family and friends for their wonderful support.
Jordan Beall (Clerk, Ensemble)
Jordan is thrilled to be making his debut at Riverside Theatre! Originally from Odessa, Texas, Jordan graduated from Oklahoma City University with his BPA in Dance Performance. He has gathered many regional performance credits: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Oklahoma! (Tom), Big Fish (Zacky Price), Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot (Older Billy), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), and The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man). He can also be seen in the well- known T.V. series “Medium” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Jordan would like to thank his family and friends for the continual love and support. Enjoy the show!
Sarah Buscaino* (Hunyak, Ensemble, Dance Captain)
Sarah is thrilled to be back at Riverside! Her other credits include: Regional: Saturday Night Fever (Assistant Choreographer, WBT) Memphis (Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre) Broadway Bares 26 (Hammerstein Ballroom) Christmas Wonderland (Spirit Productions). Workshop: ONLY GOLD (Andy Blankenbuehler). Film/TV: “Annie: From Script to Stage” (PBS). Concert: Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Dance Iquail. Proud member of AEA. Sarah would like to thank Richard for his love and support. And to the Buscaino clan, Kev, and friends…I love you all endlessly. Learn more at www.sarahbuscaino.com
Erin Chupinsky* (Ensemble, Cell Block u/s)
Erin is thrilled to make her Riverside debut! Performing has brought her to 5 continents, more than 35 countries and 48 states. Off-Broadway: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Tours: Wonderful Town, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, CATS, Hello, Dolly! Favorite Regional Credits: Babette in Beauty and the Beast and Alana in The Little Mermaid at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Victor Victoria at TUTS, Show Boat at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Erin has run 23 marathons and is an Ironman triathlete. This one is for my grandparents who live up the road in Sebastian! Deepest gratitude to Richard and heaps of love to my ever supportive family.
Joseph Cullinane* (Ensemble, Amos Hart u/s)
Joseph is thrilled to spend the holidays in Vero Beach with Chicago! Off-Broadway: York Theatre, Theatre Row, New World Stages. Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Hello Dolly with Sally Struthers. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre, TUTS, Pioneer Theatre. Namaste to Richard Stafford, ATB Talent, the staff of Riverside and Corey.
Kaitlyn Davidson* (Roxie Hart)
Kaitlyn is delighted to be making her Riverside debut, and tickled to be making a complete one-eighty after playing Ella in the First National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella most of last year! Broadway: Cinderella (Ensemble u/s Ella and Gabrielle); Nice Work If You Can Get It (Original Cast/Asst. Dance Captain). National Tour: White Christmas (Judy Haynes). Regional: The Music Man (Marian Paroo); Sweet Charity (Helene); 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer); A Chorus Line (Val); La Cage Aux Folles (Anne); and many more. Resident Artist with The Cape Playhouse. BFA: CCM. Many thanks to Richard Stafford and DGRW. Instagram: @kaitlyndavidson27. For Poodle.
Natalia Lepore Hagan (Annie, Ensemble, Matron Mama u/s)
Born in Youngstown, Ohio and residing in New York City, Natalia is thrilled to be back at Riverside Theatre for her second production. She was most recently seen touring the country in 42nd St as Anytime Annie. Other notable credits include: “Boardwalk Empire” (principal dancer), Crazy For You (Riverside Theatre) and The Little Mermaid (Theatre By The Sea). Follow her adventures: @NataliaLeporeHagan
April Holloway* (June, Ensemble)
April is enthusiastic about returning to Vero Beach after making her Riverside Theatre debut in Memphis (Ensemble/Felicia u/s). Her favorite credits include Radio City's Christmas Spectacular (Vocalist and dancer), Bill T. Jones' workshop of Superfly, The Music Man (Ensemble/Zaneeta u/s), and Oprah Winfrey's Trip of a Lifetime (Dancer). You can find April online at april-holloway.com and thrive with her!
David Paul Kidder* (Harrison, Doctor, Ensemble)
David is excited to be a part of Chicago at Riverside Theatre! Previous credits include American Dance Machine (The Joyce NYC), Chicago (New Theatre), Gypsy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Flat Rock Playhouse), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Pittsburgh CLO), Shrek, Crazy For You (Alhambra Theatre), and Beauty and the Beast at Walt Disney World. In NYC, David Paul dances with Kristin Sudeikis Dance. He is also a faculty member of Sheer Talent and Beyond The Stars Conventions. Thank you to Richard and the Riverside team for this opportunity! www.davidpaulkidder.com Instagram: @davidpaulkidder
Geoffrey Kidwell* (Mary Sunshine)
Geoffrey is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Broadway: Waitress (Swing, U/S Ogie) NY Credits: I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center) Peter and I (Off-Broadway; Original cast recording), White Noise (Original Reading), Rated RSO (The Public Theatre), 49th Street and Other Stories (Mark Morris Dance Center). Regional: The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Chip), Hot Jersey Nights (Palace Theatre) A Chorus Line (Al), Hello Again (The Senator), Grease (Doody), Elektra Fragments (Orestes), Cabaret (Cliff). Many thanks to everyone at Wolf Talent Group. Love to his husband, Andre. Always. Instagram: gkidwell
Corey Mosello* (Fred Casely, Aaron, Ensemble)
Corey is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut with Chicago! Previous credits include National Tours: We Will Rock You (1st National), Regional: A Bronx Tale (World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse), Saturday Night Fever (Merry Go Round, Gateway, Ogunquit Playhouse), Miss Saigon (North Shore Music Theatre). BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. So much love to my family, my sweetheart, DGRW, and this incredible cast, crew, and creative team!
Meghan Colleen Moroney* (Matron Mama Morton)
Meghan is delighted to be making her debut at Riverside! It was Vero Beach theatres that started her on her professional career in the early 90's, leading her to Broadway and regional productions, with some cruise lines, International premieres, and television thrown into the mix. Favorite roles include Charlotte in A Little Night Music (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Opera Cleveland), Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), John Hancock in 1776 (Mad Cow Theatre), Arcati in Blithe Spirit (Delaware Theatre Company), Golda in Fiddler on the Roof (freeFall Theatre Company), Madame Rose and Mazeppa in two different productions of Gypsy, and Emma Goldman in Ragtime. You might have seen her on Broadway in Mamma Mia, or offering great deals as a host for The Home Shopping Network on TV. She is a proud member of Actor's Equity and thanks you for supporting live theatre!
Drew Nellessen* (Judge, Billy Flynn u/s, Ensemble)
Drew is thrilled to be making this his third show at Riverside, having last appeared as Bobby Child in Crazy For You and Guys and Dolls. Tours: Chicago (National, Tokyo, Dubai, Bangkok productions), West Side Story (Riff). Select Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Goodman Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, St. Louis Muny, Barrington Stage Company, Marriott Theatre, Stages! St. Louis and many more! TV: “General Hospital.” Drew would like to thank Richard, Allen, Ken, Gayle, And CTG for this opportunity. Always for Mom and Dad! Love and Light to all!
Heather Parcells* (Velma Kelley)
Heather is thrilled to return to Riverside Theatre where she played Gloria Hawkins in Boeing Boeing. Broadway: Tuck Everlasting (Mae Tuck u/s & Betsy Foster u/s); Finding Neverland; A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, Orig Revival Cast & Cast Album recording); Wonderland (OBC: Mad Hatter u/s, Queen of Hearts u/s & Cast Album Recording); Soul Doctor (Holy Rebel, Mother u/s); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. National Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy u/s and Miss Flannery u/s), Some Like it Hot (Sweet Sue u/s), Chicago (Velma Kelly). Off-Broadway credits include: Piece Of My Heart (Jessie u/s, Signature Theater); Mademoiselle Modiste (Fifi Modiste, Musicals Tonight!); Happy Hunting (The York Theatre). Regional: Chicago (Roxie Hart; North Shore Music Theater); Boeing Boeing (Gloria; The Papermill Playhouse); Carousel (Julie Jordan). Twitter/Instagram: @heatherparcells Love to Matt.
Kevin Pariseau* (Billy Flynn)
Kevin is delighted to be making his Riverside debut with Chicago. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Legally Blonde the Musical (ACCA Award); Show Boat (with the NY Philharmonic); The Explorers Club; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Regional: The Producers, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Nashville), Vanya, Sonya,… , It’s a Wonderful Life, All in the Timing, 9 to 5, Shear Madness. Film/Television: Boardwalk Empire (series finale), Tower Heist, Morning Glory. Audiobooks: Over 120 recordings including The Winds of War (Audie nomination), War and Remembrance, and (honestly) The Kama Sutra.
Adam Rogers* (Balif, Ensemble)
Broadway: Chaplin (OBC) Cinderella, An American in Paris (OBC), NYC: Fiorello (City Center Encores) National Tours: Cinderella Regional: West Side Story (Papermill Playhouse) Mary Poppins (Marriott theatre) Aladdin, Damn Yankees, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Footloose, Shrek (MUNYTheatre). Adam also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet.
Jessica M. Seavor (Mona, Ensemble)
Riverside debut! This Florida girl is so excited to be back in the Sunshine state for the winter! Favorite credits include: Chicago (June u/s Velma), 9 to 5, and Hello Dolly! Endless gratitude to my family, friends, Marianne, and BDC. Special thanks to Richard and the entire creative team, My CTG family, and Gayle & Holly! Thank you to my amazing parents for their never ending support. All my love to Craig, thank you for always believing in me. @jessicaseavor
Lauren Sprague* (Kitty, Velma u/s, Roxie u/s, Ensemble)
Lauren is thrilled to be back at Riverside having done The Producers in 2011! National Tours: Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, La Cage Aux Folles. NYC: Castlewalk (Ginger Rogers). Regional: Goodspeed, NSMT, PCLO, NCT, Maltz-Jupiter, Cape Playhouse, Mason Street Warehouse. Proud CCM grad. Endless thanks to Richard, Ken, Allen and everyone at Riverside, DGRW, my family and amazing husband Michael!
Director, Choreographer / Richard Stafford
Music Director / Anne Shuttlesworth
Scenic Designer / James Dardenne
Lighting Designer / Yael Lubetzky
Costume & Wig Designer / Kurt Alger
Sound Designer / Craig Beyrooti
Casting / Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager / Mark Johnson*
Assistant Stage Manager / Amy M. Bertacini*