Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Chicago"

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CHICAGO

reviewed by The Old Grump

music & lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb
book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse

directed by - Michael Hammond
musical direction by - Michael Kreutz
choreographed by - Kirsten McKinney
sets - Michael Bonomi
costumes - Kelly Ristaino
lighting - Eric Parker
sound - Ed DiMarzio
properties - Holly Dixon
stage manager - Amy Judd
executive producer & artistic director - Meg Fofonoff

CAST

Roxie - Pam Shapiro
Velma - Jaimie Raposa
Billy - Robert DeVivo
Amos - Ray O'Hare
Mama Morton - Sharon Petti
Mary Sunshine - Z. Young
Fred Casely - Chris Mack
Go To Hell Kitty - Jordan Gill

the cell block girls, Amanda Dix, De Anne DuBin, Karen Fogerty, Siobhaun Maus roxie's boys, Seth Goulart, Sean William Gunter, Brent Reno, Brett Shellenberger Brad Simanski

Over the past several months, Chicago has been done by many company's, large and small. I have seen one that was very poor, and one that was just okay. The show I saw at Fiddlehead was as close to perfect as you can get on the local level. From the overture to the finale it was a pleasure for eyes and ears.

When I talk about a show, I normally pick out a few of the songs that stood out. Last night each and every number stood out.

Jaimie opened the show by wowing us, and continued without a let down. She made me forget who played the show on Broadway.

Pam as the tough broad Roxie had me laughing one-second, then applauding her singing the next.

Ray never gives a poor performance, Friday was no exception.

Bob is new to me, but I asure you his work Friday will be remembered by me for a long time.

Sharon was wonderfull as Mama Morton. A strong voice to go with a strong stage personality.

Z. Young played a very believable Mary Sunshine.

I can't imagine putting together a finer cast for this show. Sitting in the first row gave me an excellent view of the lovely girl dancers, in their abbreviated costumes. I must say that I enjoyed my close seat more than I normally do.

The boys were handsome and athletic. Four were quite familiar to me. Each of them has played leads in various shows that I have seen.

The muti-talented Michael Kreutz's led his musicians in a flawless night of music. He also had a few words of dialog.

Speaking of being multitalented, Michael Hammond. His direction showed a few supple changes from the other Chicago's I have seen. They worked.

Kirsten, a choreographer that has a list of accomplishments as long as my arm. Her routines were indeed a pleasure to see. Kirsten: you may be a pretty young lady, but you must also be a nasty slave driver. It was hard to believe this was an opening night the way your charges went through their paces.

I will return to see the show in two weeks, but I know it can't get any tighter.


"Chicago" (7 - 23 March)
FIDDLEHEAD THEATRE
109 Central Street, NORWOOD MA.
1(781)762-4060

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