Workshop ahead of'Chicago' auditions

Shanna Breman-Trewern, of Dunedin, performs as Roxie in a routine from Chicago. Photo supplied.
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 hilary.finnie@xtra.co.nz or (03) 442-0441.