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‘Chicago’ and all that jazz

Monday, February 13th, 2012 | Posted by

The hit musical “Chicago” has been playing at the Raven Performing Arts Theater for three weeks, and will conclude its run with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17-19.

The Raven Players production is directed by John DeGaetano, who has previously directed the musicals “Miss Saigon,” “Cats” and “Pirates of Penzance.” He decided to cast two performers as Roxie Hart, one of the lead roles, alternating each performance.

Katy Kaul and Katie Neuberger both play the murderess Roxie, playing a major role in the ensemble for those performances when they are not Roxie.  Others in the cast are Jeremy Berrick as Billy Flynn, the slick-talking lawyer; Tressa Bowles as Velma Kelley; Mathew Proschold as poor, pathetic Amos Hart; and David Strock as Mary Sunshine.

Neuberger and Berrick are making their first appearance on the Healdsburg stage, while Healdsburg High graduate Nate Mercier and Healdsburg resident Dick Bertapelle are making their first appearance on any stage.

Choreographer Staci Arriaga has put together the intricate dance routines, and  Les Pfutzenreuter’s 12-piece orchestra performs the memorable score.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday’s matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20/$26 at Copperfields Bookstores and ravenplayers.org.



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