‘Chicago,’ the musical, is coming to the Bell Auditorium in April

January 30, 2019

The Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” is returning to Augusta this spring.

The No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history will stop at the Bell Auditorium for one night only April 28, according to a news release from the Augusta Entertainment Complex.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and are available at www.AECTix.com, 877-428-4849 and the SRP Box Office at the James Brown Arena at 601 7th St., Augusta.

“Chicago” is sponsored by South State Bank.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, “Chicago” won six Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Musical Revival, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. The musical features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her, according to the release.

Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids, according to the release.

The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman. Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York production, and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse.

“Chicago” features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns and supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

For more information about “Chicago,” visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com.

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