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Chicago

Date

20th November 2018

Society

High Flying Theatre Productions

Venue

The Halifax Playhouse

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Vanessa Buckley/James Buckley

Musical Director

Robyn Saunders

Choreographer

Eloise Gledhill/James Buckley/Scott Armstrong/Vanessa Buckley

Report

Author: Jacqui Hartley

Chicago was originally produced on Broadway in 1975, it was then brought to the West End in London in 1979. The music was composed by John Kander and lyrics written by Fred Ebb, it was based on the book by Ebb and Bob Fosse set in the Jazz age in the 1920's.

A story of murder, corruption, violence, auldtery and expolitation, the story takes place in Cook County Jail and centres around two murderesses Velma Kelly who murdered her husband and her sister and Roxie Hart a dancer who shot her lover, but of course they are not guilty, their men "Had It Coming".

Highflying Theatre Productions welcome to NODA, this whole production  just oozed professionalism from start to finish.  The two main leads Roxie Hart, (Caroline Boothroyd) and Velma Kelly (Rebecca Cawthra) both gave outstanding polished performances, superb singing and high energy dancing.  There were strong characterisations from Billy Flynn (Scott Armstrong) their Laywer, Amos Hart (Lee Cannon) Roxie's husband, he gave a good delivery on Mr. Cellophane.  Also Mamma Morton, (Laura Crowther) produced a gem of a performance especially in her duet "Class" in the second Act.  Mary Sunshine, (Samm Williams) gave an unbelievable performance, so glamorous he made the perfect  "lady".

All the girls in the Jail produced consummate performances throughout, a well defined portrayal from Hunyak (Lucy Buckley) and all the small cameo roles.

.The Choreography, with emphasis on creative Choreography, a[[ these iconic numbers were brilliantly performed, and the three dancing boys were the icing on the cake.

The ingenious set was perfect, with exquisite sparkling costumes, the audience were enchanted.  The fantastic Orchestra was a delight to watch and listen to especially in the Entr'acte and play out music.

An evening of wonderful entertainment, in the words of Craig Revel-Harwood FAB-U-LOUS.