SF Theater: San Jose Stage Company Announces The First Production of 2020 Season; Broadway’s Longest-Running Musical, Chicago

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San Jose Stage Company (Randall King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director) is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for the third production of The Stage's 37th Season, Broadway's longest-running American musical ​CHICAGO​.

Nominated for three 1975 Tony​®​ Awards and the 1997 Tony​®​ Award-winner for "Best Revival Of A Musical," ​CHICAGO​ features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. ​CHICAGO​ is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, with the script adaptation by David Thompson.


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The Stage's production of ​CHICAGO​ will be directed by Randall King, choreography by Tracey Freeman-Shaw and music direction by Benjamin Belew. ​CHICAGO​ will run from February 5 – March 15, 2020 at San Jose Stage Company (490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, 95113).

The press opening will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from ​$32 - $60 ​and can be purchased through the Box Office or online at ​www.thestage.org​.

"I am thrilled to begin 2020 at The Stage with CHICAGO, a true masterwork that fuses the legendary style and spirit of Bob Fosse with the brilliance of Kander and Ebb," said Director Randall King. "Choreographer Tracey Freeman-Shaw builds on Fosse's most iconic dance moves and provocative steps. In today's charged atmosphere, CHICAGO has even more potency and we are proud to stage this revolutionary work at this moment in history."

The principal cast of ​CHICAGO ​includes Allison F. Rich* as "Velma Kelly," Monique Hafen Adams* as "Roxie Hart," Keith Pinto* as "Billy Flynn," Branden Noel Thomas* as "Matron 'Mama' Morton," Kyle Bielfield* as "Mary Sunshine" and Sean Doughty as "Amos Hart." The ​CHICAGO​ ensemble includes Tracey Freeman-Shaw*, Matthew Kropschot, Zoey Lytle, Jill Miller, Monica Moe, Jacqueline Neeley, Vinh Nguyen, Nick Rodrigues and Tony Wooldridge.


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In addition to Mr. King, Ms. Freeman-Shaw and Mr. Belew, the creative team includes Robert Pickering (Scenic Design), Michael Palumbo + (Lighting Design), Ashley Garlick (Costume Design), Steve Schoenbeck (Sound Design), Caitlin Elizabeth (Props Coordinator) and Michael Truman Cavanaugh* (Production Stage Manager).

"Wildly entertaining...[with a] dazzling score." -​ New York Daily News.

NOMINEE! 1975 Tony​®​ Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score WINNER! 1997 Tony​®​ Award, Best Revival of a Musical

Viscerally modern, CHICAGO -- the longest-running American musical on Broadway -- explodes with energy.

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart lands on murderers' row along with famed nightclub star Velma Kelly. Chicago's slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn, is set to defend them and soon turns their stories into a media circus filled with flair to gain the public's sympathy.

As a timely satire on American justice and sensationalized journalism, CHICAGO relies on "fake news" to reconstruct public reality. This sharp-edged musical mixes the immortal style of Bob Fosse with infamous songs like "The Cell Block Tango", "Mr. Cellophane", & "All That Jazz" into a powder keg of a show.


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*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. +Member of United Scenic Artists.

CHICAGO ​runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

San Jose Stage Company's 37th season will continue with the ​Tony​®​ Awards​ and Pulitzer Prize-winning AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY​ (April 8 – May 3, 2020) and one more show to be announced (June 3 – 28, 2020). Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased through the Box Office at (408) 283-7142 or online at ​www.thestage.org​.
 

About San Jose Stage Company

Now in its 37th season, San Jose Stage Company is recognized as the South Bay's leading professional theatre company, having earned a reputation for artistic excellence through imaginative and edgy theatrical experiences that spark ideas and dialogue with the audience.


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The Stage is devoted to new, cutting-edge work and re-envisioned American literature and world classics using innovative stagecraft, multi-media that propels the narrative, and accomplished, local actors in true repertory style. With the farthest seat in the house no more than 15 feet from the three-quarter thrust stage, the connection between actor and audience is profoundly visceral.
 

Attracting more than 30,000 patrons to downtown and employing more than 150 local artists annually, San Jose Stage Company continues to be a vital force in the region's economic and creative landscape. As a strong community partner, The Stage has been the creative home for more than 500 performance groups including San Jose Jazz and Notre Dame High School - working together to engage, provoke, and inspire current and future theatre participants and arts advocates.

The Stage is a multi-award-winning theatre company having received numerous accolades including the 2018 Paine Knickerbocker Award for continued contributions to Bay Area theatre from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. The Stage has produced over 165 productions, including 16 world premieres and 47 new works and is ranked as the 2nd largest professional theatre and 8th largest performance arts organization in Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal).

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