Drama, sensationalism, murder, and “all that jazz” are in store this weekend, thanks to the Cap ‘N’ Dagger Club’s lively performance of the musical “Chicago.” Following Thursday night’s opening performance there are two more chances to see the production, Friday and Saturday evenings, both at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $10 for general admission or $15 for reserved seating.
Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…
Embodying the fierce, sarcastic, and glamorous Velma Kelly is senior Adryanna Valentin. Used to being the “main attraction”, Velma finds herself in a competition with rival Roxie for attention of the press. Valentin impresses with both her vocal prowess and dancing ability, ensuring that she truly is the center of attention. Competing for the limelight is Roxie, played by senior Victoria Garton. Garton portrays Roxie with both the innocence and self-centered desire for fame that defines her character, not quite thinking about the consequences of her actions.
Playing off of both Roxie and Velma is Billy Flynn, the suave, manipulative lawyer played by Caesar Gonzalez. Billy will take any case as long as it makes money, and Gonzalez draws plenty of laughs as he wheels and deals his way through both women’s cases.
Rounding out the main ensemble are Nathaniel Borrero as Amos, the hapless husband of Roxie and the only character with good intentions. Borrero portrays him with an innocence and charm that immediately draws the audience in. Finally, there is tough, sassy Matron “Mama” Morton, played by Alondra Collado, who watches over the ladies in the cell block as a mother hen – but only if she gets something in return. Collado commanded the stage whenever she appeared.
The rest of the cast included: Justin Lopez-Suits as Fred Casely; Jason Reynolds as Sergeant Fogarty; Ana Maines as Liz; Julianna Giordano as Annie; Ezriela Chaniz-Rico as June; Isabella Cruz as Hunyak; Marissa Marchese as Mona; Gabriel Fonesca as Martin Harrison/Reporter/Ensemble; Zion Resto as Mary Sunshine; Amanda Fiocchi as Kitty; Robert Burgess as Harry; Dylan Fernandez as Judge; Amanda Ellis as Court Clerk; Yariana Perez-Ramos as Juror #1; Savanah Soto as Reporter; and Alexandra Brodzik, Amanda Burger, Sydney Cherwien, Emily Jones, and Ferdinand Moscat as the Ensemble.
Directors are Lori Cummines and N’Talia Wilson. Wilson is choreographer and Cummines the musical director. Lighting was done by the VHS Stage Crew and set design was by Stage Krew Productions and the VHS Stage Crew. Stage manager is Hank Ehrlich.
Click the following link for a gallery of photos from opening night: https://goo.gl/s4mmKz