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Roxie Rocks Chicago at NDNU

Belmont, CA, February 18, 2010 — No one will walk out on Roxie Hart when she and Velma Kelly dazzle the Notre Dame de Namur University stage in Kander and Ebb’s Chicago beginning February 26. These two merry murderesses and their jazzing cohorts will dance their way out of the noose and to fame in a tale of criminal celebrity, presented by NDNU’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts from February 26 to March 7 in the NDNU Theatre.

Chicago satirizes the corruption in the criminal justice system in prohibition era Chicago, based on real-life stories collected in the play of the same name written by Maurine Dallas Watkins. The light-hearted spectacle of the incarceration and trials of murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, portrayed by sophomore Samantha Bruce and junior Alanna Pinell, play out in a vaudevillian style, highlighted by Fosse moves reminiscent of the original choreography.

“Whether it’s 1920 or 2010, Chicago tells a story we all understand, a story of relationships, greed, and the celebrity craze,” says Debra Lambert, chair of the Department of Music and Vocal Arts. “Our students present that story and then some, with unfailing passion and drive.”

Chicago is directed by Greg Fritsch and music directed by William Liberatore, with choreography by Dottie Lester-White. The musical is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.. The cast features twenty-three students and two alumni, with Michael D. Reed as Billy Flynn, Heather Orth as Matron Mama Morton, Daniel Norberg as Amos Hart, and Daniel Lloyd Pias as Mary Sunshine.

Performances are February 26, 27 and March 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m., February 28 at 7:00 p.m. and March 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 general admission and $20 for students and seniors. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. For more information, call the Box Office at 650-508-3729, or email concerts@ndnu.edu.