San Diego Musical Theatre announces the first production of their 2013 season, Kander and Ebb's CHICAGO, at the Birch North Park Theatre, beginning with a preview February 15, opening February 16, and running through March 3rd, 2013.
Based in roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap ... until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. 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 immortal staging by Bob Fosse.
Ron Kellum (Director) His 20-year career in the entertainment industry has made him the consummate showbiz professional. Whether performing on the Broadway stage, choreographing celebrity entertainers on a film set, or staging thousands of cheerleaders on a football field Ron Kellum does it with grace, style and unstoppable, unflappable energy! Within the past few years, Ron penned his first book "The Gypsy Survival Guide to Show Business," choreographed the block buster hit movie, "Iron Man 2," starring Robert Downey Jr., appeared on "The Amazing Race," and directed many musicals including, "Rent," "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Smokey Joe's Cafe, "Chicago," and "A Chorus Line." He's appeared on Broadway in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Chicago" and toured nationally in "Fosse," "Chicago," "Aida," "Dreamgirls," "Beauty and The Beast" and "Smokey Joe's Café." Ron is the Senior Producer for e2k Sports, a leading entertainment company. He has co-directed the NFL United Way halftime show and he is the Co-Executive Director of the NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleaders. He is the leading motivational/team building coach in the industry. He has worked with pro teams for the NFL & NBA (San Francisco Forty Niners, San Diego Chargers, Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, LA Clippers) in addition to countless colleges and high schools.
Randy Slovacek (Choreographer) Randy Slovacek's choreography has been seen across the country, from the 11,000 seat Muny Theater in St. Louis to 99 seat off-Broadway theaters in NYC. Credits include choreographing and supervising the National touring company of Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing, companies of A Chorus Line from Texas to Massachusetts and regional productions of They're Playing Our Song, Of Thee I Sing, and Chicago among others. Off-Broadway he choreographed the world premiere of Plane Crazy at the Beckett Theatre for the New York Music Theatre Festival. He has contributed choreography for star-studded benefit performances such as "Lerner, Loewe, Lane & Friends" for the S.T.A.G.E. benefit in Los Angeles, "Donna McKechnie In Concert" in NYC, as well as "One Singular Sensation" celebrating the genius of Mi- chael Bennett in Kansas City. He has had the great opportunity to collaborate with Tony Award winners such as Jerry Herman, Donna McKechnie, and Thommie Walsh.
Don LeMaster (Music Director/Conductor) An award-winning Music Director, Don has been the resident music director/conductor for San Diego Musical Theatre since it's inception in 2006. Don has MD'd at many theaters including: Performance Riverside, Moonlight, Cygnet, Starlight, South Bay Cities, North Coast Rep, McCoy Rigby and the Old Globe Theatre.
Matthew Novotny, Lighting Designer; Janet Pitcher, Costume Co-Ordinator; and Stanley D. Cohen, Stage Manager.
CAST: Emma Radwick as Roxie Hart, Kyra Da Costa as Velma Kelly, Robert J. Townsend as Billie Flynn, and Alonzo Saunders as Mary Sunshine.
Cast also includes: Ria Carey, Marisha Castle, Chris Cortez, Alexis Henderson, Jason James, Aurore Joly, Andrew Koslow, Ariel Lowell, Mike Motroni, Marco Puente, Joshua Ross, Chuck Saculla, Jennifer Simpson, Katie Whalley, Matthew Williams