On July 14th, the Oregon Cabaret Theatre opens Chicago, the Kander and Ebb classic, featuring the largest cast ever assembled at the Cabaret.
In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. 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.
The OCT production is a decidedly new take on the venerable Broadway hit, specifically tailored to play to the Cabaret’s strengths. Chicago, as penned by Kander & Ebb, originally carried the subtitle “A Musical Vaudeville,” and was an adaptation of Maurine Dallas Watkins’ 1926 Broadway satire. For this production, the Cabaret space will be transformed into Billy Flynn’s Place, and Roxie Hart’s story will unfold on his crumbling Vaudeville stage.
Chicago brings back a few of the stand out performers from last year’s hit, Cabaret, including Galloway Stevens as Billy Flynn, Layli Kayhani as Velma Kelly, and Tamara Marston as Mama Morton. It also features OCT veteran Katie Worley Beck (The 39 Steps, 9 to 5, and more) as Liz, Billy Breed (Dames at Sea, 9 to 5) as Amos, Katie Wackowski (9 to 5) as June, Edgar Lopez (9 to 5) as Aaron/Ensemble, and Jake Delaney (9 to 5) as Fogarty/Ensemble. Deanna Ott (Roxie), Lina Lee (Annie), Amy Ashley (Hunyak), Kara Sandberg (Mona), and Redge Palmer (Mary Sunshine) all make their Cabaret debuts in Chicago.
Chicago opens on July 14th and runs through September 11th.
Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Preview tickets are $25 for all seats. Tickets for other performances are $39 with $25 bistro seating available. The Cabaret offers a 20% discount for groups of ten or more. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit www.oregoncabaret.com.