03/12/2008 11:54 AM
- CORPUS CHRISTI, TX March 7, 2008- The 20s come roaring back with a vengeance when the hit musical Chicago comes to American Bank Center Selena Auditorium on Tuesday April 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets, priced at $26.50, $41.50 and $51.50, are on sale now
and can be purchased at the American Bank Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (361) 881-8499. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more by calling 361-826-4759.
Based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins (which was based on real events), Chicago is, as we are told in the shows opening lines, a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery -- all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts." The story revolves around Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who dreams of starring in vaudeville. She kills her lover, nightclub regular Fred Casely, and convinces her husband to front the money to hire Chicago's shrewdest defense lawyer. The lawyer, Billy Flynn, turns her crime of passion into celebrity headlines, and Roxie becomes the toast of Chicago --until other crimes pull the limelight away from her.
Chicago was created by John Kander and Fred Ebb (known for their hit musicals Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Bob Fosse (famous for his innovative staging and choreography). It first opened on Broadway on June 3, 1975 and ran 898 performances. Its current Broadway revival (on which this tour is based) opened November 14, 1996, and is still running.
In 2002 Miramax Films took the Tony Award winning musical to the big screen, starring Renee Zellweger as Roxie Hart, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelley and Richard Gere as Billy Flynn. The box office success and subsequent multiple Oscar wins including Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Best Picture lead to the rebirth of the musical and touring success. For the first time since the movie Chicago is live in Reading.
Chicago is presented by Troika Entertainment, which is celebrating over twenty years of producing musical theatre throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Jam Theatricals (www.jamtheatricals.com) brings Chicago to the Selena Auditorium as the final show of the 2007-08 Broadway in Corpus Christi at American Bank Center Selena Auditorium Season, sponsored by The Caller Times and KRIS-TV.
About Jam Theatricals
Jam Theatricals is a Chicago-based entertainment company that presents and produces Broadway engagements throughout North America. Founded in 1997 by Arny Granat, Jerry Mickelson and Steve Traxler, Jam Theatricals manages subscription seasons in more than 30 cities. Jam has presented notable national touring productions including CATS, The Producers, STOMP, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Miss Saigon and Riverdance. Jam Theatricals is the recipient of three Tony Awards® for producing The History Boys (Best Play- 2006), Monty Pythons Spamalot (Best Musical- 2005), and Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Revival of a Play- 2005) on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include the following Tony®-nominated productions: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Retreat from Moscow, The Wedding Singer, and Talk Radio starring Liev Schreiber. This season on Broadway, Jam is producing August: Osage County, Rock N Roll, The Seafarer, The Homecoming, November, and Sunday in the Park with George as well as the upcoming Country Girl, starring Morgan Freeman. Please visit www.jamtheatricals.com for more information.