The Roaring 20s heats up the stage with “Chicago: Teen Edition,” 7 p.m. March 23, 24, 25; 2 p.m. March 26, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.
Director Christine Marto is assisted by Choreographer Gianna Neal, Vocal Director Hannah Milagio, Orchestra Director Isabella Beedle, Set Design Advisor-Technical Director Anthony Beleno and Costume Designer Carolyn Peters.
Celebrity lawyer Billy Flynn defends Velma Kelly, a vaudevillian who allegedly shot her husband. At the same time, he represents chorus girl Roxie Hart, who allegedly murders a nightclub regular. The clients vie for acquittals and the limelight in the jazzy satire loosely based on real events.
“Chicago,” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, is based on a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1975, receiving 11 Tony Award nominations. The 1996 Broadway revival received nine Tony nominations, and won seven Tonys. The 2002 film adaptation starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, received a Best Picture Oscar.
Songs include “All That Jazz,” “Funny Honey,” “Razzle Dazzle,” “Mr. Cellophane” and “Nowadays.”