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Lemont High School Performing Arts Center stage to feature "Chicago" in May


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A time frame dominated by greed, corruption and celebrities behaving badly, the Prohibition era made one of the nation’s largest cities synonymous with violence and murder. The intrigue of the “Windy City” in the mid-1920s will play out on the stage of Lemont High School’s Performing Arts Center when it features Chicago for nightly performances from Thursday, May 17, through Saturday, May 19.

All performances of Chicago, which will be produced by Terry Redford, will begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale now for each performance. All tickets are $12, and all seats in the Performing Arts Center - including the balcony and main level - are reserved seats. Individuals who order tickets online in advance not only can skip the ticket lines the night of the show, but also can choose their own seats and print their tickets at home.

Patrons can click on the 'Online Ticket Orders' link at the top of the page to order and pay for tickets online via credit card through a third-party ticket portal. Tickets also may be purchased at the door each evening, pending availability. For more ticket information, call the Lemont High School Musical Hotline at (630) 257-5838, ext. 942.

Chicago satirizes the Prohibition-era corruption of the criminal justice system, as well as the phenomenon of celebrity criminals. The musical - made famous by the music of John Kander and the choreography of Bob Fosse - originally debuted on Broadway in 1975, and is based on a 1926 play of the same name by Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. She based her story on the criminals and crimes on which she reported.

The Chicago of the 1920s featured hot jazz and cold-blooded killers - not all of whom were prototypical gangsters like Al Capone. Chicago’s audience will be treated to a wealth of music - from toe-tapping showtunes to dramatic ballads - as well as elaborate dance numbers. Patrons also will be introduced to an eclectic cast of characters, including Velma Kelly, Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn, Mary Sunshine, “Mama” Morton, and many more.

Chicago will be directed by Heather Hutchinson, with vocal direction and sound design by Dave Nommensen and choreography by Amanda Tanguay. Roy Nees will head up set construction and serve as the backstage technical supervisor, and David Lindley is the technical director and is charged with set design. Designers for the production will include Mike Kellner (lighting), Tom Kieffer (costumes) and Bob Kuper (make-up). Richard Sladek will serve as the accompanist, and Matt Doherty is the house manager.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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