EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCLOG Presents Long-Running Musical "Chicago"
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Reported: Aug. 8, 2013 3:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 9, 2013 2:47 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It's a tale of murderous mistresses and how they get away with it. "Chicago" is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and third longest-running show ever on the Great White Way.
It tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two women searching for fame and fortune find it when they pull the trigger on the men in their lives.
"It's really an amazing show and it takes a special kind of talent to do Fosse, especially," Kristen Pennington, who plays Mama Morton said. "And the music is unbelievable. Not only do these people know how to dance well they know how to sing well and really give the essence of what Fosse is and that's what 'Chicago' is."
The original production was choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse. Director and choreographer Nina Denton Pasinetti has kept the look and the feel of the Broadway show.
"The dance in 'Chicago' is very iconic," Toni Pilato, who plays Velma Kelly said. "The work of Bob Fosse is known worldwide. Everyone who sees it recognizes it instantly and it's such a pleasure to do. It's a lot of fun. It's difficult. There's a lot of attention to detail but that's what makes it so incredible."
The winner of numerous Tony Awards, "Chicago" was also adapted for the silver screen, winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The satirical plot uses music and dance to focus on the corruption of the criminal justice system and the elevation of murderers to celebrity status.
"The music is from the 20s era, stylistically the 20s. The show itself, the look of the show is not necessarily 20s but the music is," Bobby Hodges, music director said.
"The Charleston Light Opera Guild was one of the few theaters to secure the rights this summer and we're just thrilled that we're able to present it to the Charleston audiences," Tim Whitener, who plays Amos Hart said.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild production of "Chicago" closes its run with shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 9-11 at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater.
All reserved seat tickets are $20.
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