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CTE Presents a Dazzling Chicago: The Musical April 13-22

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It's time for a little "Razzle Dazzle" and "All that Jazz." Prepared to be "swept away" by Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble production of the smash hit Chicago: The Musical.

Based on a real-life "celebrity crime" set in Chicago's rowdy, roaring twenties, Chicago tells the story of a murderous chorus girl, Roxie Hart. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream—fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked incomparable staging by the legendary Bob Fosse.

CWU's production is directed by Theatre Arts senior Nicholas Main, who has directed many large and complex dance numbers in each of the Red Curtain Broadway Revues. Although still a student, Main was hired at Broadway Rose Theatre in Portland for two shows and toured this past summer with Missoula’s Children’s Theatre as a teacher/mentor. Main also won the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Musical Theatre Competition and represented CWU in Washington DC this past year.

"One of the biggest differences from the movie to our production is the extra music that is in this show," said Main. "The movie omits many really interesting songs that give us more insight into this world of the characters and the vaudeville life."

"We are also moving away from the well-known Fosse dance style with this show. The choreography that Fosse had created was iconic and our team wanted to do something new and different. In addition, our production is very audience involved—we think the audience will be swept away with the story!"

Chicago: The Musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 13, 14, 20, 21. There will be two shows on April 15 and April 22, one at 7:30 p.m. and a late night adult production at 11:00 p.m. All performances will be in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre.

Dinner packages are available each Friday and Saturday thanks to a partnership with Ellensburg’s Dakota Café. Dinner seating is set for 5:15 p.m.; advance tickets for the package end on the Monday preceding the performance.

This show is suggested for mature audiences, as there is some material unsuitable for children under 17. The musical includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for those under 18, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.


Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
April 10, 2017