Shanna Breman-Trewern, of Dunedin, performs as Roxie in a
routine from Chicago. Photo supplied.
Queenstown had it comin' - the sensual, satiric and
subversive musical hit Chicago
will next year be the
38th production by Showbiz Queenstown and a free workshop is
being held tomorrow to prepare those auditioning.
Christchurch director Bryan Aitken, and music director Emma
Wilson and choreographer Anna Stuart, both of Queenstown,
will talk about the special attributes of the production
style, the vocal challenges, acting and dance during the
workshop in the Qpact Rooms, Ballarat St, from 11am to 3pm.
About 60 performers are expected to participate.
Mr Aitken, who directed The Sound of Music (2012) and
All Shook Up! (2011) for Showbiz, said the
choreography for Chicago would be based on the work by
the show's co-creator and original choreographer, Bob Fosse.
"This treatment provides special challenges, and the purpose
of the workshop is to help prospective auditionees understand
what the production's special elements are, and to give time
for people to prepare well for auditions," Mr Aitken said.
Chicago is a Tony Award-winning prohibition-era
musical about celebrity and corruption, and was first staged
on Broadway in 1975.
The repertoire of witty and memorable songs includes All
That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, Mr Cellophane
and Razzle Dazzle.
The Academy Award-winning film version in 2002 starred Renée
Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly
and Queen Latifah.
• Showbiz Queenstown holds auditions in mid-February. The
season is scheduled to run in what will be known as the
Queenstown Memorial Centre from May 16 to 25. Interest and
attendance of the workshop needs to be registered by
contacting Showbiz secretary Hilary Finnie on firstname.lastname@example.org
or (03) 442-0441.