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Broadway Musical Chicago On Stage

Posted Feb. 14, 2014

Chicago, the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, will be on performed live on stage at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Feb. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $43 to $65 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone 330-308-6400 or online at www.tusc.kent.edu/pac. 

Free parking is available for all shows. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE in New Philadelphia.

Chicago, which opened to rave reviews in November 1996, now has the distinction of being the longest running American musical in Broadway history, and… shows no sign of ever slowing down! The production also won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fredd Ebb, Chicago is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

Chicagois a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree. Time Magazine calls it "A Triumph," Newsweek raves "Smashing" and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling Chicago "Broadway's Most Electrifying Show."