A Sneak Peek into Wheaton North’s Production of Chicago!
By: Josiah Cook
Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly will be tearing up the stage on April 21, 22, and 23 during Wheaton North’s production of Chicago! Looking for a show with a touch of razzle, a bit of dazzle, sequins, and the occasional heinous murder? Look no further than the Taylor Auditorium! This truly spectacular show is a satirical glamorization of prison, crime and murder in the 1920s, all wrapped up with a pretty little bow and flashing lights.
This story follows Roxie’s journey to prison after the murder of her husband, her infamous rise to fame, and her feud with Velma, with whom she competes for the spotlight. In prison, she meets Matron Mama Morton who introduces her to Billy Flynn, the best criminal lawyer in all of Chicago, who specializes in deception through flashy performance in court.
The whole show is one big spectacle, just like Roxie’s trial, and the individual numbers in this show reflect that theme. “Cell Block Tango,” the most widely known of all of these, features the Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail recounting the events that lead up to their incarceration. Featuring six strong female leads with incredible energy and determination to prove their innocence, this song will not disappoint. Neither will the rest of the show, which is actually based on the true story of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertener, who were involved in homicide cases in the roaring 20’s. Chicago is filled with characters who would be unbearable to be around in real life but nevertheless garner sympathy from the audience whether they like it or not.
The plot is the theatrical equivalent of a trainwreck–it’s impossible to look away. However, the acting ability of the company is outstanding. If you enjoy shows with terrible characters pulling wool over the eyes of the audience, then definitely consider coming to see Chicago. Throughout the course of the show, you will be bamboozled, enraged, and potentially shocked at the conclusion of this show, but definitely not disappointed! For ticket information, contact our wonderful box office manager, Mr. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!