Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Directed and choreographed by Donna Feore
SIN, DANCE AND ALL THAT JAZZ
Aspiring chorus girl Roxie Hart and vaudeville star Velma Kelly, two murderesses as sexy as they are cynical, compete for the skills of shady lawyer Billy Flynn and the media celebrity he has promised them both. With its killer score and knock-’em-dead dance numbers, this deliciously lurid tale of murder, greed, adultery – and all that jazz – packs some serious heat.
Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen
Support for the 2020 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster
Jennifer Rider-Shaw, Chelsea Preston. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: Billy Flynn in Chicago and Walker Earle in Here's What It Takes. 14th season. Stratford: Dad in Billy Elliot, Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Wanderlust, Henry V, The Winter's Tale, A Funny Thing Happened..., West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Pentecost, The Tempest, Cymbeline, Camelot.Elsewhere: Life After (Musical Stage, Canadian Stage, YST); Toronto and U.S. tour of Matilda - Toronto Critics Award (Mirvish/Dodger); Of Human Bondage, Idiot's Delight, The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); The Wild Party (Musical Stage); Company (Theatre 20); The Arsonists, Into the Woods (Canadian Stage); The Magic Fire, High Society (Shaw); Beauty and the Beast - Dora Award, The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Misérables (Mirvish). Film/TV: Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Dog and Pony, Let's Go Luna, PURST: Secret Agent Binky.Awards: Dan is a multiple Dora and CSA nominee. For backstage laughs follow him on Instagram: @danchameroy.
2020: Velma Kelly in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. 10th season. Stratford: The Crucible, The Neverending Story, The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), HMS Pinafore (Josephine), A Chorus Line (Maggie), A Little Night Music (Quintet), The Sound of Music, Tommy (Sally Simpson), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita. Elsewhere: For Yes Theatre: Carrie: The Musical (Chris). For RMTC: Cabaret (Frenchie). For the Charlottetown Festival: Anne of Green Gables (Josie Pye). For the Grand Theatre: Elf. For Ross Petty Productions: Robin Hood. For Theatre Aquarius: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Training: Music Theatre Performance (Sheridan Institute), Acting (Red Deer College). Online: Instagram @jenridershaw. Et cetera: Thank you, Bruce, TH and Robert. This season is dedicated to the memory of Hugh McRae, a beautiful baritone and a loving grandfather.
2020: Amos Hart in Chicago and Detective in The Miser. 17th season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (TIFT/Birdland); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).
2020: Juror in Chicago and Swing in Here's What It Takes. Fifth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Romeo and Juliet, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac. Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); Funny Girl - META-nominated (Segal Centre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada Rocks (Charlottetown Festival); Cats - Dora-nominated (Mirvish - Panasonic). Film/TV: Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 2017), Full Out (2015), Big Fun Weeknights (YTV), Get Up 'N Move (Revolver Films). Awards: Maureen Forrester Award, Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival); Amy Wallis Scholarship (Charlottetown Festival); gold and silver medals (International Tap Dance Championships). Online: Instagram/Twitter: @EricMackAbel. Et cetera: All my love to Mom, Devon, Ian and the TH gang. Performing, with everything I have, for my grandma and my dad - xo.
2020: Aaron in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford: Ed Gammidge in The Music Man, Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show, Al in A Chorus Line, Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music, Pinball Lad in Tommy, and appeared in Billy Elliot the Musical, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof and Carousel. Elsewhere: Johnny alternate in Green Day's American Idiot (first U.S. tour); Hank Majewski in Jersey Boys (Dancap); Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Film/TV: Captain von Trapp in the Disney movie The Pacifier starring Vin Diesel. Training: Etobicoke School of the Arts. Online: Twitter/Instagram: @GabrielNacci. Et cetera: Huge thanks to his family, Colin McMurray and Donna Feore. He could not be here without the incredible support of his wife, Robin Calvert.
2020: Harry in Chicago and Henry Clerval in Frankenstein Revived. Fourth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet Remixed (workshop), Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Frankenstein (workshop). Elsewhere: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Aquarius); national tour of Laurier (Charlottetown Festival/Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage); Hill Rise in Dancer! (A Musical in Ten Furlongs) (workshop) (Elgin Theatre). Film/TV: Mia Michaels Live; series lead (Max) in The Next Step; "Dangerous Home" (music video); Ruin; MuchMusic Video Awards. Training: Bachelor's degree from Queen's University, Canadian Dance Company, Louisa Burgess Corbett, Jennie Such. Online: @thedevonbrown. Et cetera: Thank you to my family and Seventh House Talent for their endless support. All my love goes to my beautiful fiancée, Heather, whom I cannot wait to marry at the end of this season.
2020: Appears in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Fifth season. Stratford: Older Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Hypochondriac, Mark in A Chorus Line. Elsewhere: Sweet Charity, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pygmalion (Shaw Festival); Mona in Fortune and Men's Eyes (KOVAL Studio); On the Town (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); Excalibur Trilogy (Florence Ballet Company, Italy); Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance with Honours, Sheridan College; Shaw Mandate Intensive; Florence Ballet Company; TNB Theatre School. Awards: Maureen Forrester Award (Stratford Festival), David Bloom Memorial Award (Charlottetown Festival), Brian Linehan Triple Threat Award. Online: coltoncurtis.com. Instagram: @coltonccurtis.
2020: Bailiff in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Third season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, The House of Martin Guerre. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease (Winter Garden); Tom of Warwick in Camelot (Drayton Entertainment); Tommy Sloane in Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (BMT); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Playlist Dancer/Singer with Carnival Cruise Lines. Four seasons with The Grand High School Project, appearing in Footloose, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde and The Addams Family. Training: Canada's National Ballet School, Dance Steps London, Beal Performing Arts. Online: @thefirmstonator. Et cetera: Love to Ashley, his parents, and Lucy. Huge thanks to Donna and Franklin, Bruce and the wonderful TH gang, and all the mentors who have helped along the way.
2020: Hunyak in Chicago and appears in Here's What It Takes. Seventh season. Stratford:Billy Elliot the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Mrs. Dunlop/dance captain in The Music Man, Carmen in Guys and Dolls, Judy in A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Dancer in Siegfried (Canadian Opera Company); Cabaret (French version, Tandem Productions); Chantons sous la pluie (Singin' in the Rain, French version, Just for Laughs); Rockette in Radio City Christmas Spectacular; singer in the revue '80s Flashback (Tropicana Hotel Casino, Atlantic City). Film/TV: 42nd Street chorus girl in Warehouse 13, dancer on game show Fidèles au Poste. Et cetera: Bonnie wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting and believing in her. Instagram: @bonbondancer.
2020: Angela in Here's What It Takes and understudy in Chicago. Second season. Stratford: Mum in Billy Elliot, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere: Emmie in Caroline or Change, Edwina in Passing Strange (Obsidian Theatre Company/The Musical Stage Company); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Young People's Theatre); Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel, Polly Plummer in The Magician's Nephew, Zoe in An Octoroon (Shaw Festival); Narrator in Joseph (Theatre Aquarius); Nicola in Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions); Loretta/LaRain in Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Suits, The Beaverton. Training: High Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre, Sheridan College. Awards: Critic's Pick: Fan Favourite (Mary Poppins), Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Supporting Actress (Passing Strange); Critic's Pick: Outstanding Ensemble (Passing Strange); Dora Award: Outstanding Ensemble (The Wizard of Oz). Online: Instagram: @vanessa_sears. Twitter: @nessasears.
2020: Appears in Chicago and Ensemble in Frankenstein Revived. Eighth season. Stratford: Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror, Music Man, A Chorus Line, As You Like It, Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes. Elsewhere: Revivals of Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); The Lion King (Mirvish, Las Vegas); Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); We Will Rock You (Mirvish, national tour); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla); Mary Poppins (Drayton). TV: 71st & 66th annual Tony Awards; 37th annual Daytime Emmy Awards; Dancing with the Stars; The Marilyn Denis Show. Film: Honey; Oscar, Best Picture: Chicago. Awards: Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award (2016); Brian Macdonald Choreographer Award (2018). Online: Facebook/Instagram: @JasonSermonia. Et cetera: Love and many thanks to all my friends, family, T House and beautiful wife, Melanie.
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