Chicago at Algonquin: December 6-8

Above: ARHS students learning some Fosse style choreography in pre-audition workshops for this year’s musical (image cropped from tweet by @ARHSChicago)

Looking to “paint the town”? Head over to Algonquin next week for some roaring 20s style jazz. Students will perform the musical Chicago.

ARHS Chicago poster
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The school is putting on the high school version of the play. Performances will take place in the auditorium the evenings of Thursday, December 6 – Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $10/student or $15/adult. They are already being sold in the main office and online with a small convenience fee.

For those of you unfamiliar with the play, its a musical full of infectious music and dark humor.

Two strong female leads are at the heart of the action. According to the school paper, The Harbinger, students were surprised by both roles going to underclassmen. One of those is freshman Sarah Boush from Southborough, featured right in the photo below on Facebook. (Read more here.)

Of course, more than two girls make up the ensemble cast. sums up the plot:

ARHS Chicago by
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Set in the legendary city during the roaring jazz hot 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two have been having an affair. Driven chorus girl Roxie has been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve.

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Allan Bezanson
4 years ago

I wouldn’t miss this. The music has often been in my head since I saw the original with Chita Rivera, Gwen Verdon and Jerry Orbach on Broadway in 1975. Get your tickets!

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