The Forest Roberts Theatre Presents


Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb and Book by Ebb and Bob Fosse
November 19-22, 2014 in the Forest Roberts Theatre
Directed by Ansley Valentine


After shooting her husband, Roxie Hart must prove her innocence in the roaring 20’s Chicago where the biggest celebrities are those with the heftiest crime careers. With the help -- and lack thereof -- from murderesses, big shot lawyers, sexy, maternal matrons, and nearly invisible husbands, Roxie discovers what it means to be in the spotlight at a time where people will kill for fame.

About the Show:

Written by Maurine Dallas Watkins in 1926, Chicago was based off of two unrelated news stories about women committing murder. The tile of Chicago was originally named “Brave Little Women” and was written as a class assignment for Yale Drama School. The play first appeared on Broadway in late December of 1926 where it ran for 172 performances. To not be confused with the musical Chicago, it is now called Play Ball when it is being performed as a play. Then in 1927, Cecil B. DeMille produced a silent film version of Chicago. In this version of Chicago it was seen more as a melodrama probably to appease the audience more. Where Watkins’s story was more “cynical” and “harsh”. William A. Wellman then took the story in 1942, named the movie Roxie Hart, and in this version Roxie was accused of murder without really committing it.




to be announced