Footlighters Inc. concludes its 2018-2019 season with a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery- the classic Kander and Ebb collaboration, Chicago.
Set in the Windy City during the roaring 20’s, it’s a tale of two scintillating sinners: the sensational murderess and reigning queen of the Cook County jail, Velma Kelly, and the newest of the merry murderesses, the good time party girl Roxie Hart. Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and smooth-talking defense attorney Billy Flynn who both help turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for her splashy showbiz comeback. But every time Velma comes up with a new trick, Roxie is there to take the idea as her own. Chicago is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal” and has unforgettable song and dance numbers such as “All That Jazz”, “Mr. Cellophane”, “Razzle Dazzle”, and “Cell Block Tango”.
Chicago marks director Bill Geraghty’s third time at the directorial helm at Footlighters, having previously directed the acclaimed SideShow and the wildly successful Jesus Christ Superstar. Other directing credits include Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Cincinnati Music Theatre and Songs for A New World and tick, tick, BOOM! for Showbiz Players.
- Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11 at 8pm
- Sunday, May 12 at 2pm
- Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at 8pm
- Sunday, May 19 at 2pm
- Wednesday- Saturday, May 22-25 at 8pm
Tickets: $22 each and are available at (859) 652-3849 or FootlightersTickets@gmail.com.
The Footlighters, Inc. has been producing quality community theater shows in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 55 years. The group was established in 1963 by a small group of community theater volunteers who wanted to bring theater opportunities to the west side of Cincinnati. In 1987, the group bought the Salem United Methodist Church in Newport and transformed it into The Stained Glass Theatre. The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark. In September of 2018, Footlighters added an ADA ramp to the front of their building to complement the elevator installed in September of 2017, allowing access for all patrons with limited mobility. For more information, please visit www.footlighters.org or become a friend on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Footlighters-Inc/287519888305.