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Three Couples Boost "Chicago", Opening at The Carnegie this Weekend

The Broadway classic Chicago opens at Covington's The Carnegie on Saturday and tickets have sold so well that an extra performance was added.

The show will have nine performances over three weekends: Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm, Sunday, August 11, 3pm (includes open captioning), Friday, August 16, 7:30pm, Saturday, August 17, 2pm (newly added performance) & 7:30pm, Sunday, August 18, 3pm (includes open captioning), Friday, August 23, 7:30pm, Saturday, August 24, 7:30pm, Sunday, August 25, 7:30pm.

Directed by Dee Anne Bryll & Ed Cohen, CHICAGO features choreography by Broadway veteran and Cincinnati native David Baum in his local professional debut. Baum’s wife and fellow Broadway veteran Leslie Goddard stars as Roxie Hart.
 
Chicago is the opener of the 2013-14 season at The Carnegie.
 
The sexy, salacious jazz age sizzles in 1920s Chicago, where small-time show girl Roxie Hart becomes the toast of the town after murdering her lover in cold blood. But fame is fleeting for the hot jazz slayer of the moment, and Roxie and smooth-stepping lawyer Billy Flynn manipulate everyone around them in a high-stakes tap dance into the headlines and away from the hangman’s noose.
 
One of the all-time favorites of Broadway and re-popularized with the 2002 film, CHICAGO spellbinds with hot Fosse production numbers including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango” and “Razzle Dazzle.”
 
Comprised of some of the region’s premier theatrical talent, the cast and production team of CHICAGO are anchored by three duos who share their lives together both on-stage and off.
 
Married Broadway veterans David Baum and Leslie Goddard* make their Carnegie debuts with CHICAGO as choreographer and star performer, respectively. Baum is a Cincinnati native, recently returned home after a more than decade-long career which included the Broadway productions of MARY POPPINS and 
 
A CHORUS LINE. Goddard leads the cast of CHICAGO as murderess Roxie Hart, on the heels of an acclaimed local debut at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and as part of a career which has included the Broadway production of HAIRSPRAY.
 
Lauded wife and husband directing team Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen have become fixtures at The Carnegie, where their most recent production, PARADE, was awarded “Outstanding Musical of 2012-13” by the League of Cincinnati Theatres. Together they directed The Carnegie production of BIG RIVER in 2010, and Cohen has since staged IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY and the world premiere staged reading of THE SANDMAN. 
 
Costumer Dean Walz and actor Brian Wylie are no strangers to The Carnegie, where Walz costumed The Carnegie’s award-winning production of CAROUSEL in 2011. Wylie performed in the ensemble of that production, and has since performed in Carnegie productions of PIPPIN and XANADU. 
 
No spouse in the show? No problem. CCM Musical Theatre student Kimber Sprawl shares the spotlight with Goddard in the role of killer Vaudevillian Velma Kelly, leading an exceptional group of standout collegiate performers from CCM, Northern Kentucky University and Wright State University.  Randy Lee Bailey and Dan Doerger return to The Carnegie in the roles of schlubby hubby, Amos, and smooth songand-dance lawyer, Billy Flynn. Celebrated dancer and choreographer  Jay Goodlett makes his Carnegie performing debut as the MC, leading the supporting cast alongside Broadway tour veteran Brian Anderson. 
 
Making their Theatre Series debuts with CHICAGO are Angela Nalley (Matron Mama Morton), Sean P. Mette(Mary Sunshine) and Jules Shumate (ensemble). 
 
Damon Stevens, heralded new faculty member at Northern Kentucky University, makes his local professional debut leading CHICAGO’s singers and eleven-piece band.
 
Tickets are $19 - $26 and are available online at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (open Tu – Fr, noon – 5pm).
 
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