URI Theatre to bring ‘all that jazz’ to Kingston with Chicago, opening April 17

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KINGSTON, RI—April 8, 2014 – The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department is proud to present its talented cast and crew in its performance of Chicago, the world-famous musical about fame, fortune, and “all that jazz.”

So “slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes…” for this show that runs Thursday through Saturday, Apr. 17-19 and 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Apr. 27 at 3 p.m. There will be a special Donor Recognition Day Performance on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 2 p.m.

All performances will take place in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus, Upper College Road. General admission is $20 and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 or online at web.uri.edu/theatre.

URI Professor and Theatre Department Chair Paula McGlasson will direct the dozens of actors as they bring this award-winning stinging satire on corruption, crime and celebrity to stage in Kingston. The multiple Tony, Grammy and Oscar Winner, is based on the book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb and the play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

The show features costume design by Associate Professor David T. Howard, and set, lighting and sound designs respectively by guest artists Cheryl deWardener, Jennifer Rock and Mike Hyde.

Below is the cast who will deliver one big theatrical and musical showstopper after another for this indisputable classic. (Listed as actor, character, hometown).

Lead Characters:

Anya Fox (Roxie), South Kingstown

Julia Bartoletti (Velma), Worcester, MA

Danielle Dube (Mama), Pawtucket

Billy Luce (Mary Sunshine), Needham, MA

Benjamin Miller (Amos), Barrington

David Sackal (Billy), Johnston

Ensemble Members:

Lindsy Bissonnette (Ensemble), South Kingstown

Steve Carvalho (Ensemble), Pawtucket

Annalee Cavallaro (Ensemble), Barrington

Benjamin Church (Ensemble), East Providence

Raymond Fournier (Ensemble), Woonsocket

Diego Guevara (Ensemble), Providence

Reilly Hayes (Ensemble), North Scituate

Ashley Iannaco (Ensemble), Hudson, NH

Denise Lachoiwski (Ensemble), Providence

Jacqueline Pecora (Ensemble), North Brunswick, NJ

Stephen Peterson (Ensemble), Torrington, CT

Katherine Riley (Ensemble), Bergen County, NJ

Mia Rocchio (Ensemble), Lebanon, NH

Ben Royer (Ensemble), Kansas City, MO

Alexandra Walsh (Ensemble), North Salem , NY


Mia Rocchio (Roxie), Lebanon, VT

Lindsy Bissonnette (Velma), South Kingstown

Gianna Soprano (Mama), North Scituate

Ben Royer (Billy) Kansas City, MO

Benjamin Church (Amos) East Providence

Pictured above top and middle:
Murder and Mayhem: A handful of characters in the URI production of Chicago, include Julia Bartoletti (Velma), Mia Rocchio (Ensemble), David Sackal (Billy), Ashley Iannaco (Ensemble), and Anya Fox (Roxie). The show opens on Thursday, April 17.

Real Killers: Anya Fox (Roxie) has put her moves on David Sackal (Billy) the attorney for Julia Bartoletti (Velma) (right) who’s accused of murdering her husband and sister. URI production of Chicago, opens April 17.

URI Theatre photos by Randy Osga. More images are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uritoday/sets/72157643602610665/