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Announcing the cast of ‘Chicago’ at Arizona Broadway Theatre

The cast for Chicago is in the building! Monday was their first day of rehearsals and things are already falling into place nicely. Introducing…

Velma Kelly……………………………………………………Tiffany Sparks
Roxie Hart……………………………………………………..Liz Fallon
Fred Casely…………………………………………………….Daniel Miller
Sergeant Fogarty…………………………………………….Danny Durr
Amos Hart……………………………………………………..Andy Meyers
Liz…………………………………………………………………Selena Robinson
Annie…………………………………………………………….Samantha Ross
June………………………………………………………………Kristina Huegel
Hunyak………………………………………………………….Rebecca Shulla
Mona……………………………………………………………..Meghan Deeley
Martin Harrison……………………………………………..Robert Garris
Matron “Mama” Morton………………………………….Kiani Nelson
Billy Flynn………………………………………………………Kiel Klaphake
Mary Sunshine………………………………………………..Lucas Brady
Go-To-Hell Kitty………………………………………………………Alyssa Ishihara
Aaron………………………………………………………………………Daniel Stanley
The Judge………………………………………………………………..John Cavaseno
Court Clerk………………………………………………………………Christopher Salvaggio
Ensemble…………………………………………………………………Caleb Albert

RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 2021 DUE TO COVID-19

“i.DANCE” Community Impact Project Coincides With Run Of ‘Chicago’ At ABT!

Beginning with Season 15, ABT launched a series of show-related impact projects designed to expand the theatre’s community engagement in meaningful, measurable and memorable ways that extend beyond the productions on stage. Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography and unique style of dance have made the musical Chicago one of the most beloved and longest-running shows on Broadway.

With this in mind, ABT is hosting a two-day dance intensive workshop April 10 & 11, 2020 entitled “i.DANCE” to accompany the run of Chicago (March 13 – April 19). The Chicago i.DANCE Community Impact Project is designed to provide local dancers ages 13-23 the opportunity to expand their personal & artistic growth in a supportive environment, allowing every dancer to excel. The two-day workshop will be led by ABT’s own Associate Artistic Director (and Director/Choreographer of Chicago), Kurtis Overby. Kurtis, along with a number of ABT’s talented Teaching Artists (including members of the cast of Chicago), will deliver outstanding training in both fundamental dance techniques and other styles.

This project has been generously supported by longtime ABT patron, Bette Aronsohn. Bette lived in Manhattan for 30 years pursuing a career in theatre before moving to the West Valley of Arizona 20 years ago. Bette admits she has been in love with the arts since she was six years old “tap dancing and singing Shirley Temple’s ‘Good Ship Lollipop.’” Her love for the arts is why she generously gives of her finances.

“All of the arts are very important to me,” says Bette “and I think more people should give their money to theatre, ballet, opera and museums.”

Bette feels that the arts are suffering in our society and we don’t want to “lose that magic” for our kids and their kids. And, it’s because of children that Bette has given to the i.DANCE Community Impact Project. “Adults get to enjoy the show, but I want young people to have the opportunity to follow their dreams and hone their skills and i.DANCE accomplishes that.”

i.DANCE will be intermediate and advanced workshop classes focused on fundamental dance techniques as well as other dance styles (including Jazz, Ballet, Fosse, and some of today’s other more cutting-edge styles). It is a unique dance workshop opportunity offered in the West Valley where technique, discipline and versatility are rewarded and promises to be an encouraging atmosphere that will expand artistic expression and personal growth in a supportive environment.

WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2021 DUE TO COVID-19

Broadway Blockbuster Musical CHICAGO Next On The Mainstage At ABT

“i.DANCE” Dance Intensive Community Impact Project To Coincide With Show’s Run

Like many single-named celebrities, this show only needs a single moniker as well – Chicago! The 1926 play, written by reporter and playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins based on actual criminals and crimes that she reported on, has become an icon in American culture. The 1996 Broadway revival of Kander & Ebb’s Chicago holds the record as the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, and, in 2002, the film version won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Chicago will be here in the Valley of the Sun at Arizona Broadway Theatre March 13 – April 19, 2020.

Set amidst the decade of the roaring twenties, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and wannabe nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, and hires the slickest criminal lawyer in town to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. Filled with greed, corruption, exploitation, and one show-stopping hit after another, Chicago is sure to give you the old “Razzle Dazzle!”

Kurtis Overby

Kurtis Overby

The show will be directed & choreographed by ABT’s Associate Artistic Director, Kurtis Overby, whose credits include direction and choreography for ABT shows Cats, My Way, A Chorus Line, Trailer Park, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Hair, An American in Paris, and most recently, La Cage aux Folles.

“In the rush to open and close one show after another here at ABT, I sometimes have to pinch myself as a reminder that what I get to do every day is pretty darn awesome,” said Kurtis. “After coming off choreographing La Cage aux Folles, Chicago is extra special simply because the two shows have such contrasting styles of dance. La Cage is such an extravagance, which I love, but Chicago gives me the chance to explore Bob Fosse’s iconic repertoire of movements. He truly invented a style that has become known by one word, and one word only – FOSSE! Audiences are in for a real treat!”

Beginning with Season 15, ABT launched a series of show-related impact projects designed to expand the theatre’s community engagement in meaningful, measurable, and memorable ways that extend beyond the productions on stage. Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography and unique style of dance have made the musical Chicago an icon of Americana. With this in mind, ABT will host a two-day dance intensive workshop April 10 & 11, 2020, entitled “i.DANCE” to accompany the run of Chicago on the Mainstage. The Chicago i.DANCE Community Impact Project is designed to provide local dancers ages 13-23 the opportunity to expand their personal & artistic growth in a supportive environment, allowing every dancer to excel.

Kurtis Overby will lead the two-day intensive workshop. Kurtis, along with a number of ABT’s talented Teaching Artists (including members of the cast of Chicago), will deliver outstanding training in both fundamental dance techniques and a variety of styles. The workshop will culminate with a night out at ABT enjoying dinner and a performance of Chicago as well as a photo with the cast after the show. The fee for the workshop and the night out is $150. Registration opens February 14 at azbroadway.org and will close April 1, 2020. The impact project is made possible in part through the generous support of ABT patron, Bette Aronsohn.

WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2021 DUE TO COVID-19