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CHICAGO is presented by very special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

www.concordtheatricals.com

Music by:          Lyrics by: 

 John Kander            Fred Ebb       

Book by: 

Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse

Based on the play by:

Maurine Dallas Watkins

Script adaptation:

by David Thompson

Produced by:

 Larry Reitzer and Nicholas Souza

Directed by: 

Larry Reitzer

Choreography by: 

Jason Aiwohi-Tomlin and Aleah Kay

Additional Choreography by: 

Michael Misita

Musical Direction by: 

Grayson Mento

Broadway’s longest-running American musical and multiple Oscar-winner, Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine.  Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…

Performed on the stage by the organization that produced

CABARET, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,  BILOXI BLUES, GYPSY, AVENUE Q,

LION KING, GREASE, THE PROM and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

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Dear CHICAGO Auditionees,

HEART is committed to diversity and encourages all of its team members to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, HEART encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

 

Please prepare one minute of a musical theatre song that shows off your voice. Please bring a karaoke track cued up. Absolutely NO acapella.  A pianist will not be present. Absolutely NO contemporary/pop/rock songs - we would like to hear musical theatre songs/showtunes or songs in the style of the show ONLY.

 

Dance auditions will follow the singing - so be prepared to dance. Please wear (or bring) comfortable clothes. All female identifying actors, please wear heels or character shoes. A 24 to 36 count combination will be taught.

 

We will only be reading from the script at callbacks on Thursday. No scene-work will happen Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

If you would like script pages/scenes/sides to prepare - in the hope of getting a callback, feel free to email the director at larryreitzer1@gmail.com to request them.

In-Person Auditions (Palace Theatre)

  • Tue, March 19th 6:00-9:00 PM

  • Wed, March 20th 6:00-9:00 PM

  • Callbacks: Thu, March 21st 6:00-9:00 PM

  • PENDING FINAL CALLBACK (if needed): Fri, March 22nd 6:00-9:00pm

 

*  Cast List to be released by Sat, March 23rd 12pm (noon) *

Self-Taped Auditions

If you are not able to make the audition - and still want to be considered, feel free to submit a self-taped audition by Tue, March 19th @ 11:59 PM. For audition materials/guidelines, please email the director at larryreitzer1@gmail.com.

Performance Dates: (Hilo Palace Theatre)

  • June 28th, 2024 - July 14, 2024

    • Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:00pm

    • Sundays @ 3:00pm

Additional Scheduling Information (EHCC)

  • Table Read: Mon, March 25th 6:00-9:00pm

  • First Day of Blocking with Larry: tentatively Tue, March 26th 6:00-9:00pm

  • First Day of Dance and Music Rehearsal: Wed, March 27th 6:00-9:00pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CAST MEMBERS MUST BE AVAILABLE THE ENTIRE PRODUCTION WEEK FOR ALL TECHNICAL AND DRESS REHEARSALS. 

CHICAGO CASTING BREAKDOWN

ENSEMBLE:

  • Dancers (no singing experience required).

  • Singers (no dancing experience required).

  • Dancers Who Sing and Singers Who Dance! (Clearly, we are looking for a large ensemble made up of  all types)

  • Age Restriction - 18 and over - However we might make exceptions on a case-by-case basis for performers 16-18, so we encourage interested performers to inquire for permission to audition. 

PRINCIPAL ROLES:

 

[VELMA KELLY] 18+ female identifying, any ethnicity. Sarcastic, extremely sexy, tough, 

funny murderer with a keen eye for publicity. A spectacular dancer in the Fosse style, with a big, first-rate Broadway belt voice.

 

[ROXIE HART] 18+ female identifying, any ethnicity. An innocent with the ability to murder; sexy; funny.

A spectacular dancer in the Fosse style, with a big, first-rate Broadway belt voice.

 

[BILLY FLYNN] 21+ male identifying, any ethnicity. Suave, educated lawyer who can talk and wheedle and persuade anyone to do anything – his clients literally get away with murder. Sexy, handsome, charming, masculine. A wonderful baritone voice and move well.

 

[AMOS HART] 18+ male identifying, any ethnicity. Charming, funny, vulnerable milquetoast of a man. So in love with his wife that he would mortgage anything to pay for her outrageous extravagances. Sings well and is physically adept; a comic-sad character.

 

[MATRON 'MAMA' MORTON] 21+ female identifying, any ethnicity. Has a great belt voice and is a sexy, funny, powerful, and tough character.

 

[MARY SUNSHINE] Any age, any gender identity, any ethnicity. Soprano or countertenor who can sing LEGITIMATELY up to a high B flat. Acts like a good-natured talk show hostess but is actually a high-powered gossip columnist. A good comedian and a GREAT legit singer.

 

[FRED CASELY] Male, (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

Roxie’s short lived lover. Murdered for trying to leave Roxie.

 

[SERGEANT FOGARTY] Male, (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

Assigned to Roxie’s case. After asking the right questions, he manages to get Roxie to confess.

 

[LIZ] Female, (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)

Prisoner at Cook County Jail. She is imprisoned after shooting two warning shots into her husband’s head.

 

[ANNIE] Female, (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)

Prisoner at the Cook County Jail. Murders her lover after finding out he already has six wives. “One of those Mormons, ya’ know.”

 

[JUNE] Female, (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)

Prisoner at Cook County Jail. After her husband accuses her of screwing the milkman, he mysteriously runs into her knife ten times.

 

[HUNYAK] Female, (Range: Non-Singing Role)

Hungarian Prisoner at Cook County Jail. The only English she speaks is the phase, “Not Guilty.” Which follows her to her grave.

 

[MONA] Female, (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)

Prisoner at Cook County Jail. Murders her lover after he has a round of affairs with other woman, and an occasional man. I guess you could say it was “artistic differences.”

 

[MARTIN HARRISON] Male, (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)

Ensemble member who doubles as the Master of Ceremonies at times.

 

[GO-TO-HELL-KITTY] Female, (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)

Steals the spotlight when she Murders her husband along with three other woman. 

 

[HARRY] (Range: Ensemble)

Murdered by Go-To-Hell Kitty for sleeping around with three women behind her back.

 

[AARON] (Range: Ensemble)

Court appointed lawyer for Hunyak. He tries to get her to confess to speed along the trial.

 

[JUDGE] Male, 40-65 (Range: Ensemble) Judge overseeing Roxie’s Trial.

 

[COURT CLERK] (Range: Ensemble) Swears people in with their hand on the bible. “Blah, Blah, Truth, Truth. Selp-you God.”

Thank you for your interest in Hilo Education Art Repertory Theatre’s Summer 2024 production of CHICAGO. See you at auditions!

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