WCSU to stage ‘Chicago”

Poster for ChicagoDANBURY, CONN. — Get ready to spend a rollicking afternoon or evening doing the “Cell Block Tango” with the inmates at the Cook County Jail when “Chicago the Musical” is staged at Western Connecticut State University this fall.

“Chicago” performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 30 and 31, 2013; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, plus ticketing fees, and are available at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling (203) 837-TIXX.

 “WestConn’s production of Kander and Ebb’s ‘Chicago the Musical’ is all Roaring ’20s, razzle-dazzle and jazz,” said Julio Agustin Matos Jr., assistant professor of theatre arts and director of the show. Broadway Fosse dancers Matos and WCSU theatre instructor Elizabeth Parkinson have collaborated to choreograph the Western production.

“This production incorporates all of the wit, humor and unique sensuality that is quintessential Fosse,” Matos said. “Simultaneously entertaining and thought-provoking, it will prove to be a fun time out.”

The WCSU cast will include Anna Morse, of Cheshire, as Roxie Hart; Rachel Fournier, of Shelton, as Velma Kelly; Corinne Marshall, of Prospect, as Matron Mama Morton; Matthew Grasso, of Bethel, as Billy Flynn; Zachary Baron, of Ridgefield, as Amos Hart; Mick Gloss, of Stratford, as Mary Sunshine; Carly Neil, of Westbrook, as Liz; Audrey Twitchell, of Milford, as Annie; Theresa Curran, of Shelton, as June; Alexa Haynes, of Little Hocking, Ohio, as Hunyak; and Lauren Bell, of Southbury, as Go-to-Hell Kitty.

The production team includes: producers Sal Trapani and Pam McDaniel, director/co-choreographer Julio Matos, co-choreographer Elizabeth Parkinson, musical director Howard Kilik, conductor Tom Cuffari, set designer Elizabeth Popeil, production supervisor Frank Herbert, technical supervisor Kevin Sosbe, costume designer Kristina Sneshkoff, costume supervisor Joni Johns Lerner, lighting designer Scott Cally, sound engineer Paul Dente and stage manager Matthew Terzigni.

Theatre-goers who want to enjoy dinner before their theatre experience on Friday, Nov. 1, can buy a combination dinner-theatre ticket for $55. The Alumni Dinner-Theatre will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on the university’s Midtown campus. A limited number of tickets are available for the dinner theatre. To make a reservation, call the Office of Alumni relations at (203) 837-8298.

For tickets or information, call the Box Office at (203) 837-TIXX or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York.  Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

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