‘Chicago’ ready to dazzle, and all that jazz

A murderous musical is ready to hit the Owen stage.

John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse’s “Chicago,” directed by Jeff Baldwin, will run through June 4.

Baldwin has directed many shows at both The Owen and The Crighton theaters and has the most number of Montie Awards in the ceremony’s history. He most recently won Best Overall Performance for his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Players Theatre Company’s “Christmas Carol the Musical.”

This description of the show is from The Playeres’s website:

“In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal.”

Aside from Baldwin, this show brings several Montie winners back to the stage.

Adam Isbell, as Mary Sunshine and Hair & Makeup, won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his 2015 role in Stage Right Production’s “Shrek the Musical.”

Jodie Schrier, as Annie, is a three-time Montie Award nominee, including her win in 2013 for The Players’ “The King and I” in the Best Choreography category.

Angelie De Los Santos, as June, is a two-time Montie Award winner including last year’s win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama for The Players’ “Almost, Maine.” She also won for Best Minor Actress in a Musical for her role in The Players’ “Grease.”

Angela Staha, wardrobe/costumes, won in the Hair & Makeup category last year for her work with The Players’ “A Christmas Carol the Musical.”

Mike Ragan, sound design, is a three-time Montie winner in the category for his work from 2012-2014 in The Players’ shows “Nunsense,” “Nunsense II,” and “The King and I.”

DJ Cooley, lighting design, won in the same category in 2014 for work with The Players’ “Gypsy.”

Brandi Baldwin, props, is a three-time Montie winner – twice in 2013 for Best Props and Best Director for her work with The Players’ “The Lion in Winter.” She also won in 2014 for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her work with The Players’ “Gypsy.”

Greg Taylor, scenic design, won for the same category in 2013 for his work with The Players’ “Gypsy.”

Amber Babcock, music direction, won for Best Director last year for her work with Stage Right’s “Dixie Swim Club.

Below is the cast and crew of the show:

Cast:

  • Caroline Parks as Roxie Hart
  • Courtney Locke as Velma Kelly
  • Erik Watts as Amos Hart
  • Michael Martin as Billy Flynn
  • Maria Schenck as Matrion Mama Morton
  • Adam Isbell as Mary Sunshine
  • Kinsey Britton as Liz
  • Jodi Schrier as Annie
  • Angelie De Los Santos as June
  • Kathleen Baker as Hunyak
  • Cricket Pepper as Mona
  • Lyndsay Craven as Go-to-Hell Kitty
  • Trent O’Neal as Fred Casely/Harry
  • Aaron Ruiz as Sergeant Fogarty/Jury
  • Trevor Hall as Judge

Crew:

  • Angela Staha – Wardrobe/Costumes
  • Mike Ragan – Sound Design
  • D.J. Cooley – Lighting Design
  • Amy Barnes – Choreography
  • Brandi Baldwin – Props
  • Jeff Baldwin – Set Design
  • Greg Taylor – Scenic Artist
  • Amber Babcock – Music Direction
  • Cricket Petter/Adam Isbell – Makeup & Hair

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