Pictured: Krista Eyler
The Barn Players have announced the cast and design team for their first full production as artists-in-residence at The Arts Asylum — the Kander and Ebb musical CHICAGO.
Directed by Kipp Simmons with musical direction by Martha Risser and choreography by Valerie Martin, the production features Krista Eyler as Velma Kelly; Ramsey Self as Roxie Hart; Nick Uthoff as Billy Flynn; J.C. Dresslaer as Matron “Mama” Morton; Dudley Hogue as Amos Hart; J. Coombes as Mary Sunshine; Dan Heinz as the Master of Ceremonies; and Eric Magnus as the character Man. The Cook County Merry Murderesses are: Jessica Alcorn, Pancha Brown, Stasha Case, Natalie Dickter, Zoe London, Natalie Rothfusz. The Ensemble includes Paul Brennan, Brenna Castor, Meaghan Coble, Tony Console, Christoph Cording, Alex Gumminger, Dalton Homolka, Sharon Johnson, Christoph Nevins, Rob Reeder, Kyle Tichenor, and Miles Wirth.
The production team includes stage management & lighting design by MacKenzie Sammons; rehearsal accompaniment by Jonathon Antile; costume design by Fran Kapono-Kuzila; hair & Makeup design by Jessica Alcorn; set design by Kipp Simmons; set fabrication by Bill Wright; sound design by Sean Leistico, and props design & assistant stage management by Amanda Rhodes.
From the press release: “With a darkly comic book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, and unforgettable music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Set in the rip-roaring 1920s, CHICAGO tells the story of Roxie Hart, a part-time nightclub hoofer who in a fit of rage kills her lover after he leaves her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes her jailhouse rival Velma Kelly, and the whole Windy City by hiring the area’s slickest lawyer to engineer her crime into an onslaught of misleading, sensational newspaper headlines.”
CHICAGO runs March 1st – March 11th at The Arts Asylum, 1000 East 9th Street, (off Harrison Street), Kansas City, MO 64106. For more information visit thebarnplayers.org.