Monday, September 06, 2010

Next show on my list: "Chicago" at Hillbarn

I like Chicago. I saw the original Broadway production, only not with the original stars Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon. I saw their replacements, including an up and comer named Anne Reinking as Roxie. We did, however, see the great Jerry Orbach.

My grandmother had originally bought tickets for us to see Pippin, but it closed and went out on tour, so Chicago was the replacement. Given the years the show ran ('75-'77) I'm guessing I was about 12 or so when I saw it. Needless to say, my grandmother walked out feeling a little mortified that the show was not exactly appropriate.

(I didn't know until years later that Pippin and its orgy dance sequence would have likely been even more inappropriate!)

The Hillbarn production stars my friend, handsome Will Giamonna, as Billy Flynn, and a frequent Foothill performer who I've always enjoyed, Alicia Teeter, as Roxie. And the theatre is about 10 minutes form my office, so I'm seeing a week night production in my future:

WHAT: Chicago, by Kander & Ebb, originally choregraphed by Bob Fosse
WHERE: The Hillbarn Theatre
1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA
WHEN: September 2-26
BUY TICKETS: online or call: 650-349-6411
MORE INFO: Hillbarn Theatre website

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