The Upper School auditorium was full of “all that jazz” over the weekend when the students put on a scintillating performance of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago. Directed by Ross MacDonald, the cast sang and danced away the winter chill in another successful musical display at the Upper School.
Chicago tells the story of women in the 1920s accused of murder, based on the real-life media circus surrounding female criminals in Chicago, IL, in the early 20th century. The show follows two inmates Velma Kelly (Alexandra Fabbri ’23) and Roxie Hart (Rose Fahy ’24), both accused of murder. Kelly allegedly killed her sister and husband for an affair, while the adulterous Hart killed her lover when he tried to leave her. Both women try to gain fame and fortune through their highly publicized trials and the use of the master manipulator lawyer Billy Flynn (Sydney Francis ’26).
The innovative use of space, memorable ensemble numbers, and gut-wrenching solos marked another successful musical directed by Ross MacDonald. A live pit orchestra and the sights and sounds of Chicago during breaks in the show led to a jazzy 1920s feel, right here at BB&N.
Click here for a gallery from the show.