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All That Jazz

Story: Kylie Fennell | Photo: Ben McShea
Jun 22, 2019
All  That Jazz
Fans of the much-loved musical, Chicago, are in for an early gift with the show hitting the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre this month.

Redcliffe Musical Theatre Youth and ROAR Academy are performing Chicago High School Edition from 5 July. Chicago fever is running high locally, with November dates being announced recently, for a high-profile Australian production at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

President of Redcliffe Musical Theatre, Madeleine Johns, said the Redcliffe production featured a young cast of “extremely talented and enthusiastic” local students aged mainly 16-18 years.

“This version has some slight changes to the script to make it suitable for performance by a younger cast – but all the songs you love are still there – All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle, Mr Cellophane, When You’re Good to Mama and Cell-block Tango to name but a few – as well as  the outrageous story of the Merry Murderesses from the 1920s in Chicago,” Madeleine said.

“It’s the perfect school holiday entertainment for all the family.”

Chicago High School Edition is directed by local Maureen Bowra. Her most recent credits include Menopause the Musical, which enjoyed a sell-out season at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre.

“Maureen is a Redcliffe local and thrilled to be bringing such high-quality local theatre to the stage yet again.”

Chicago High School Edition stars Giulia Bortolanzo and Niamh Cadoo-Dagley alternating as Velma, and Audrey Rose and Alyson Reese alternating as Roxie. Local performing artist, Melanie Evans, guest stars as Matron Mama Morton.

For anyone wanting a story overview, the musical is set in Chicago during the roaring twenties , where Roxie Hart murders her faithless lover. 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.

In a play on words that gives a nod to the musical’s jailhouse setting, Madeleine said it would be “criminal” to miss this production.

You can book your tickets via www.redcliffeentertainmentc...


5-14 July  with matinee and night performances
The Redcliffe Entertainment Centre
Downs Street, Redcliffe.