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Auditions set for ‘Chicago’

— Yakima Valley Community College Playmasters will host auditions for the musical Chicago from 4-7 p.m. March 16-18 at Kendall Hall Auditorium,

There are male and female roles available. Students and community members are encouraged to audition. No prior acting experience is necessary, but prior vocal and dance experience may be helpful.

Dance auditions are scheduled for March 16 and vocal auditions will take place March 17. Vocalist are asked to prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway song and bring their own sheet music with the section they plan to sing clearly marked.

Acting auditions are scheduled for March 18. No advance preparation necessary.

The production will run June 2-5.

For more information, contact Alicia Bickley at abickley@yvcc.edu.

Chicago is an American musical that has enjoyed one of the longest runs on the Broadway stage. Written in 1975 by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Bob Fosse, Chicago is the tale of fame and fortune.

The musical is based on the 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. The storyline includes actual criminals and crimes she reported on during her time as a journalist at the Chicago Tribune. It is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.”

The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. It then opened in 1979 at the West End Theatre in London.

Chicago was revived on Broadway in 1996 and again a year later at the West End Theatre.

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