Chicago is a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery-all those things we hold near and dear to our heart. It is jurisprudence-as-showbusiness and trial-by-publicity. It is a tale of the sensational murderess Velma Kelly, the reigning queen of the Cook County jail, and Roxie Hart, the newest of the merry murderesses, who, of course, haven’t really committed any crime (their men had it coming).
Rehearsals begin in November and performances take place from March 10-26, 2023
VELMA KELLY: Female, 25-40 (Range: Alto, E3-D5)
Vaudville performer who is accused of murdering her sister and husband. Hardened by fame, she cares for no one but herself and her attempt to get away with murder. American (any) or neutral accent required.
Roxie’s short lived lover. Murdered for trying to leave Roxie.
Assigned to Roxie’s case. After asking the right questions, he manages to get Roxie to confess.
Roxie’s faithful husband. Lies for her and tries to take the blame until he realizes that he has been two-timed by Roxie. Still in love with her, or misguided, he believes anything she says in her pursuit to get out of jail. American (any) or neutral accent required.
Hungarian Prisoner at Cook County Jail. The only English she speaks is the phase, “Not Guilty.” Which follows her to her grave.
Ensemble member who doubles as the Master of Ceremonies at times.
MATRON “MAMA” MORTON: Female, 40-60 (Range: Alto, F#3-Bb4)
Leader of the prisoners of Cook County Jail. The total essence of corruption. Accepts bribes for favors from laundry service to making calls to lawyers. “When you’re good to Mama, Mama’s good to you.” American (any) or neutral accent required.
Established lawyer who hasn’t lost a woman’s case yet. Master of media manipulation who will get a girl off the hook as long as she can fork up the hefty $5,000 fee. American (any) or neutral accent required.
Sob sister reporter from the Evening Star. Believes there is a little bit of good in everyone and will believe anything she is fed that matches her beliefs.American (any) or neutral accent required.
Steals the spotlight when she Murders her husband along with three other woman. Her crimes are labeled “Lake Shore Drive Massacre.”
Murdered by Go-To-Hell Kitty for sleeping around with three women behind her back.
Court appointed lawyer for Hunyak. He tries to get her to confess to speed along the trial.
Judge overseeing Roxie’s Trial.
Swears people in with their hand on the bible. “Blah, Blah, Truth, Truth. Selp-you God.”