Tickets on sale for summer production of Chicago

Photo courtesy Broadway North Theatre Company. Performers dance to Voulez Vous during Broadway North's presentation of Mamma Mia!

The Broadway North Theatre Company is looking to build on 2019’s success and razzle-dazzle audiences this summer.

Last year the theatre company revived its summer show after a years-long hiatus with a new format.

Mamma Mia! sold 3,000 tickets and sold out several of its seven shows.

Last night, the theatre company officially announced its 2020 production — Chicago.

“Last year we probably did better than we could have even hoped,” said Cara Stelmaschuk, marketing and events coordinator with the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.

“Of course we were pleased, but this one, I think we’re going to build on that. It’s only going to get better.”

Chicago is a satire about following vaudevillian murderesses locked up in the Cook County Jail as well as a prison matron, slick lawyer and reporters looking for a murder-of-the-week media frenzy.

It was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film by the same name starring René Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.

On Thursday evening Broadway North announced that the show would run from August 20-29. Ticket sales are now live, as are sign-ups for auditions, which can be found on the E.A. Rawlinson Centre website.

Roxanne Dicke, who directed Mamma Mia! has been announcing the show as a sort of soft launch since the Broadway North Youth Company presentation of Bugsy Malone Jr. She said people have already been asking about ticket and audition information.

She added that she’s hoping to engage with the community as much as possible.

Canadian Tire has returned as the main sponsor, and will once again be matching ticket sales as a donation to the Rose Garden Hospice.

The donation from last year’s show totalled over $70,000.

Stelmaschuk said the theatre company is looking forward to returning to the stage.

“It’s a dance-heavy show so we’ll be leaning on our local dancers and dance instructors to really help us find the cast for it,” she said.

“We learned a lot last year and we’re excited about this one. I think the strength of the company itself is only going to get better, and I think people are going to see that, especially after this production.”

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