Merrimack thespian to perform in ‘Chicago’
NASHUA – Come on, babe, why don’t we paint the town – and all that jazz?
Join the Peacock Players as they present the hit musical "Chicago" for two weekends in November at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St.
In the Roaring ’20s of Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap … until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal.
This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score by Kander and Ebb that sparked the immortal staging and choreography of Bob Fosse.
"Chicago" has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and an Academy Award for Best Picture, and holds the distinction of being the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
The Peacock Players were the recipients of 14 New Hampshire Theatre Awards and 28 Top Three Finalist honors at the 2015 New Hampshire Theatre Awards ceremony.
"Chicago" will be directed by Keith Weirich, the Peacock Players’s artistic director and Broadway veteran performer. Weirich received the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical this year for his direction of the New Hampshire debut of "The Addams Family."
The production team includes Henry Kopczynskie III (musical director), Valerie Psoinos Nelson (choreographer), Dan Koehler and Weirich (scenic design), Alex Homola (costume design), Norm St. Germain and Weirich (lighting design), and Rich Loomer (sound design).
"Chicago has been a longtime favorite show of mine," Weirich said. "It showcases the very best elements of Broadway and vaudeville – show-stopping musical numbers, sizzling dance and hot jazz. The show’s message about fame and false celebrity could be ripped from today’s headlines, so it is hard to believe the original story was written in 1927."
The cast of the PG-13 show includes Kurtis Beeten, of Merrimack.
A free post-show audience discussion with the artists will be held Sunday, Nov. 15.
The production is sponsored in part by Mint Printworks Screen Print and Design, Creative Costuming and The Telegraph.
Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15; 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.
For tickets or more information, call 886-7000 or visit www.peacockplayers.org.