Curtain’s Up Theater Company will present ‘Chicago: The Musical’

Curtain’s Up Theater Company will present “Chicago,” the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, Sept. 3-6 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap ... until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Arrested and hauled off to the slammer, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal.

“Chicago” is an exciting and upbeat show with one big dance number after another,” said director Glenn Saltamachia. “It is one of the most difficult productions for any theater company to perform because the dancing is very intricate and fast, and the ensemble is onstage for almost every song. Most community theaters wouldn’t touch this show, but Curtain’s Up Theater Company has many talented and dedicated local actors who we knew could pull this show off.”

The musical features veteran Curtain’s Up actress Kathy Piercy as Velma and newcomers Dawn Schmid and Mitch Ellis-Yapp as Roxie Hart and Billy Flynn.

Performances for “Chicago: The Musical” are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5 and 2 p.m. Sept. 6 in Katherine Dunham Hall at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tickets are available online at www.curtainsuptheater.com or they can be purchased at Edwardsville Library and Ashman’s Pharmacy in Collinsville.