LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) — Opportunity knocks as Arkansas Repertory Theatre opens its 2019 Season with the Tony Award-winning production, Chicago.
The musical—book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; music by Jon Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb—is based on a play of the same name by Chicago Tribune reporter and playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins. Ron Hutchins will direct and choreograph Chicago which runs Feb. 20-March 24.
Tickets start at $20. Discounts are available for full-time students, season subscribers, seniors and military personnel. For complete information, visit TheRep.org.
“For me personally, this show is dedicated to all of The Rep friends and family who worked so diligently to save The Rep,” Hutchins said. “Most notably it is to honor Cliff Baker, who founded this wonderful theatre for us create art. This cast of Chicago is going to provide ‘All that Jazz’ and more. We are going to give the community a production of Chicago they will never forget.”
The story, set in the mid-1920s Jazz Age, follows the murder trial of Roxie Hart and her slick-talking attorney, Billy Flynn. Roxie quickly becomes the most popular celebrity in Chicago, dethroning fellow inmate Velma Kelly. This legendary musical takes a tantalizing look at how the allure of fame remains a fundamental motivation for those willing to sacrifice their scruples for the spotlight.
Chicago earned five Tony Awards, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, seven Drama Desk Awards and two Olivier Awards (for the British production).
The Arkansas Rep cast includes Adriana Milbrath, Daisy Hobbs, Felicia Dinwiddie, Christopher Johnstone, Matt Allen, Z. Spiegel, Matty Rickard, Erik Joshua Clack, Nicholas Karl Brown, Brian Earles, Anthony Bryant, Frederick Webb Jr., Madeleine Corliss, Joi Hester, Rachel Perlman, Sydney Ippolito, Allison Wilson and Sarita Crawford.
The design and creative team include Trish Clark, costume designer; Lynda J. Kwallek, properties designer; Mike Nichols, resident set designer/technical director; Michael Rice, musical director; and Marty Vreeland, lighting designer. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Colin JB. Phillip T. Perez is the assistant stage manager.
“Unlike the current revival on Broadway, we are doing a full-scale vaudeville/burlesque, scene-changing production. Done in the style of legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse, I am excited to take a different approach to the show,” Hutchins said. “I have assembled some of the most talented singer/dancers from the Little Rock community with top-tier artists from NYC. I am thrilled to direct/choreograph them on Mike Nichols’ amazing set, dress them in Trish Clark’s gorgeous risqué costumes and illuminate them with Marty Vreelands’ magic.”
Chicago has generous support from Chip and Cindy Murphy.
Tickets may be purchased online at TheRep.org, by phone at (501) 378-0405 or by visiting the Box Office at 601 Main Street in Little Rock. Performances run Feb. 20-March 24.
Low-priced previews run Feb. 20-21.
Performance Dates, Times for Chicago
- Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
- Pay What You Can Night, Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Patrons are invited to attend the first preview of Opening Week by paying any amount they wish for their tickets. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office opens at 9 a.m. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to two per person.
- Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesdays-Thursdays at 7 p.m., Feb. 27-28, March 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21
- Fridays at 8 p.m., Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15 and 22
- Saturdays at 2 p.m., February 23, March 16 and 23
- Saturdays at 8 p.m., Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23
- Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24
- Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance
Special Events for Chicago
- Director’s Talk
- Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:15 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:15 p.m.
- Clinton School of Public Service Distinguished Speaker Series
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 12 p.m.
Join Director Ron Hutchins and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production
Opening Night Champagne Reception
- Friday, Feb. 22
- Celebrate with the cast after the Opening Night performance. Enjoy a special champagne toast and light hors d’oeuvres.
Pay Your Age Night
- Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
- Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree and Zetêo Coffee
If you’re age 22-40, you can pay your age at The Rep! Enjoy great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy complimentary beverages from Zetêo Coffee. There are 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to four per household. Purchase through the Box Office in person or by phone (sorry, no online sales). Ticket price is based on the age of the oldest person in the group. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up. Offer is based on seating availability.
Post-Show Talk Back
- Wednesday, Feb. 27, immediately following the performance
- Stay after the performance for a complimentary discussion with members of the cast.
Beer Night with Stone’s Throw Brewing
- Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m.
- Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone’s Throw Brewing.
Native Gardens, April 17-May 5; Willy Wonka Jr., June 21-30; Million Dollar Quartet, Sept. 4-Oct. 6; It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Dec. 4-22. More information is available at TheRep.org.