“Chicago,” the longest-running American musical on Broadway, makes its long-awaited debut at the Moonlight Amphitheatre September 12 – 29 at 7:30 p.m. Two “Chicago” vets closely associated with the Broadway production bring extra spark to The Moonlight.
Terra C. MacLeod, currently starring in the Broadway production of “Chicago” as Velma, takes on the role of Roxie at The Moonlight. Roxane Carrasco, playing Velma at The Moonlight, has played the same starring role in the Broadway production.
Fellow Broadway vet David Engel returns to The Moonlight stage as Billy Flynn. MacLeod is also co-directing the Moonlight production alongside James Vásquez. Corey Wright, recently appearing in the Broadway national tour production of “Chicago”, choreographs while JD Dumas is musical director and Kenneth Gammie is conductor.
Tickets range in price $17 – $57 and are on sale now through VisTix at (760) 724-2110 and online at moonlightstage.com.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who 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 the city’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.
“Chicago” features a score by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. This sexy, musical extravaganza features one show stopping hit after another, including “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle,” “When You’re Good to Mama,” and many more.
As Matron “Mama” Morton, keeper of the jailhouse keys, Regina LeVert makes her Moonlight debut. Longtime Moonlight favorite and San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel award-winner Randall Hickman takes on the role of Amos Hart (aka Mr. Cellophane), Roxie’s husband who agrees to take the blame for her crime. Elle H. Jacobs is Mary Sunshine and the cast is rounded out by Danielle Airey, Nicole Athill, Kalin Booker, Edgar Cardoso, Deborah Fauerbach, Tad Fujioka, Danny Hansen, Ty Koeller, Jacob Narcy, Tamara Rodriguez, Matthew Ryan, Amy Beth Schmiedel, and Tim Stokel.
Completing the production staff are Scenery Designer Plan-B Entertainment, Costume Designers Roz Lehman and Renetta Lloyd, Lighting Designer Jennifer Edwards, Sound Designer Jim Zadai, Wigs Designer Peter Herman, Make-up Designer Gabe Nunez, Properties Coordinator Bonnie Durben, and Stage Manager Stanley D. Cohen.
“Chicago” closes out Moonlight’s 38th summer season which featured the record-breaking production “Mamma Mia!,” the popular Disney hit “Newsies,” and the critically-acclaimed artistic force “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Earlier this summer, Moonlight Stage Productions announced its 39th season of “The Producers” (June 12 – 29, 2019), “Matilda the Musical” (July 17 – August 3, 2019), “West Side Story” (August 14 – 31, 2019), and “Victor/Victoria” (September 11 – 28, 2019). For more information, visit moonlightstage.com or call (760) 724-2110.