Sierra Stages presents “Chicago” from July 13-August 5 in Nevada City

SIERRA STAGES BRINGS THE excitement of the hit musical “Chicago” to Nevada City with an all-local Nevada County production playing July 13-August 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

Originally premiering on Broadway in 1975, “Chicago” is a modern classic of the American musical theatre, with a catchy score by John Kander and Fred Ebb (perhaps best known for another modern classic, “Cabaret”). The show is wholly entertaining and incredibly artful as it leads the audience to contemplate the ease with which public opinion may be manipulated with a little smoke and mirrors—and a lot of razzle-dazzle.

“Chicago” is directed by Robert Rossman, with dance direction by George Jayne and musical direction by Ken Getz (who will conduct the 14-person onstage band). The local Nevada County cast includes Kate Haight, Jacquelynn Kolenko, Jonathan Hansard, Sara Noah, Micah Cone, Janet Rossman, Trish Adair, Audrey Delgado, Heidi Grass, Tinley Ireland, Tina Kelly, Michaela King, Heather Lucas-Ross, Hailey Patrick, Kimberly Shepard, Angela Williams, Elliot Childs, Chase Coney, Kris Meadows, and Jonathan Willis.

“All of us are excited to be mounting a local production of ‘Chicago’ as our ninth annual summer musical,” says musical director Ken Getz. “It’s an extremely popular show and not many theaters are given the rights to perform it because both the Broadway revival and the national tour are continuing to go strong after more than 20 years.”

Following “Chicago”, Sierra Stages will conclude its ninth season with the intimate musical “Ordinary Days” playing October 5-28. For tickets and more information, visit SierraStages.org.

Laramie Project

Sierra Stages offers a “Theater by the Book” play readings of “The Laramie Project” on May 10 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

“The Laramie Project” is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

In the aftermath, the playwrights went to Laramie and conducted over 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, they constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder. Over 30 million people have seen the piece in theaters across the country. For more information, visit SierraStages.org.

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