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‘Chicago’ arrives in Wellesley

“I didn’t do it!”

Well, someone had to, so Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will find out who with "Chicago," the longest running American musical in Broadway history. Performances will take place Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will be held at the Katherine L. Babson Auditorium at Wellesley High School on 50 Rice Street. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

From Left to Right Lily Brenneman as Roxie Hart and Breene Halaby as Velma Kelly.

From Left to Right Lily Brenneman as Roxie Hart and Breene Halaby as Velma Kelly.

Join the WTP in the Roaring Twenties in the city of Chicago, as convicted chorus girl Roxie Hart vies for the spotlight in media headlines against another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelley. After being convicted of murdering faithless lovers and unsuccessfully placing the blame on their husbands, the women join forces in search of their own American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal. With this comes mobs of journalists, lawyers, criminals, and the appetite for fame. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that includes "All That Jazz" and "Cell Block Tango" originally staged by Bob Fosse. Cast members of "Chicago" reside in Wellesley as well as neighboring communities including Newton, Needham, Natick, Lexington, Framingham, Sherborn, Brookline, Waban, West Roxbury, and Wayland.

Danna Ofek as an ensemble dancer in Chicago.

Danna Ofek as an ensemble dancer in Chicago.

The "Chicago" production staff includes: Benjamin Rush, Director; Hannah Shihdanian, Choreographer; Eric Anderson Jr., Music Director; Alexa Lambert, Stage Manager; Peter Waldrone, Scenic Designer; Megan Pillsbury, Costume Designer; and Seif Cristobal, Lighting Designer. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, and based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Produced through special arrangements with Samuel French.

Tickets purchased in advance are priced $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at www.wellesleytheatreproject.org/tickets or by calling 781-235-1550. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Group discounts and gift certificates are available. Ticket information is listed on our production website: http://www.wellesleytheatreproject.org.

From Left to Right Breene Halaby (Velma Kelly), John Stembridge (Billy Flynn) Lily Brenneman (Roxie Hart).

From Left to Right Breene Halaby (Velma Kelly), John Stembridge (Billy Flynn) Lily Brenneman (Roxie Hart).

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