Chicago the Musical

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Chicago the Musical

Theatre Address

Natalie Bassingthwaighte Alinta Chidzey Casey Donovan Tom Burlinson Jason Donovan

Original Creative Team

JOHN KANDER AND FRED EBB

Music; Book/Lyrics

JOHN KANDER AND FRED EBB

Music; Book/Lyrics

Broadway: Flora, the Red Menace; Cabaret (Tony Award); The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Score); The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Score); Steel Pier; and Curtains. Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards; “Liza With a Z” (Emmy Award); HBO’s “Liza Minnelli’s Stepping Out” (Emmy Award); Funny Lady (Oscar nominated for “How Lucky Can You Get”); Lucky Lady; New York, New York; Stepping Out; and Chicago (Oscar nominated for Best Song). In the mid ’80s the song “New York, New York” became the official anthem of New York City. Life goes on.

BOB FOSSE

Book

BOB FOSSE

Book

Bob was the first director in history to win Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards in one year (1973) for the film Cabaret, the musical Pippin and the TV special “Liza With a Z.” He won the first of eight Tonys as choreographer for The Pajama Game followed by directing and choreographing Redhead, Little Me, Sweet Charity (stage and film), Chicago, Dancin’. Other choreography: Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, How to Succeed..., Big Deal. Film: My Sister Eileen, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees. Director: Lenny (Oscar nom.), All That Jazz (Oscar nom.), Star 80.

WALTER BOBBIE

Director New York Production

WALTER BOBBIE

Director New York Production

Walter Bobbie directed the New York productions of Bright Star, Venus in Fur, The Landing, Golden Age, School for Lies, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, The Submission, Cabin Pressure, The Savannah Disputation, New Jerusalem, High Fidelity, The Other Woman, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, Durang/Durang, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Grand Night for Singing. He was artistic director of City Center Encores! where he also directed Fiorello!; Chicago; Tenderloin; Golden Boy; No, No, Nanette; and Zorba!; and directed the Carnegie Hall concerts of South Pacific and Carousel. Mr. Bobbie served for 12 years on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony awards.

ANN REINKING

Choreographer New York Production

ANN REINKING

Choreographer New York Production

Ann Reinking won the 1997 Tony Award, Best Choreography for Chicago, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire and NY Drama Critics awards. Other credits include director, co-choreographer for Fosse (1998 Tony Award for Best Musical); Tony nominations for her leading performances in Dancin’ and Goodtime Charlie; recipient of Theatre World, Clarence Derwent and Outer Critics Circle awards for her work as Maggie in Over Here! Film credits: Movie, Movie; All That Jazz; Annie; Micki and Maude. Recent choreography: Suite Kander for Missouri State Ballet, Ritmo & Ruido for Ballet Hispanico, Legends for Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, The Threepenny Opera for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nilsson/Schmillson for Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theatre, “Bye Bye Birdie” for ABCTV, national tour of the revival of Applause. She is the recipient of the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre 1999, Musical Hall of Fame Award 1999, Dance Library of Israel Award 1998, Distinguished Artist Award 1998, School of American Ballet Artistic Achievement Award 1997, National Art Club Award for Service to the Arts 1995, Governor’s Award-Ambassador of the Arts for the State of Florida 1994.

TÂNIA NARDINI

Associate Director

TÂNIA NARDINI

Associate Director

Director, choreographer, actress and dancer from Rio de Janeiro – BR. Studied drama at UNIRIO University and has taken dance classes in Brazil, USA and France. Cofounded a Jazz-dance Company: Bandança and she is the Artistic Director of Catsapá Musical Theater School. She has worked with the most important theater and TV producers, actors and directors in Brazil such as Jorge Fernando, Marco Nanini, Flavio Marinho, Luiz Fernando Lobo, Guel Arraes, João Falcão and Jorge Takla in Cambaio, A Maquina, Quem Tem Medo de Virginia Wolff?, O Burgues Ridiculo, A Dona da História, Uma Noite na Lua, O Médico e o Monstro, Os Contos de Hoffman, Candide, Cemiterio dos Vivos, Cabaret Youkali, O Xango de Baker Street, Apolonio Brasil, The Merry Widow among others and has been working in musical theater for over 20 years. In Brazil she was the Resident Director for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, and Phantom of the Opera, was the Associate Director and re-creator of the Jerome Robbins’ original Choreography of West Side Story, Associate Director and Choreographer for My Fair Lady, The King and I and Evita; Was the Resident Director/Choreographer for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. She choreographed the Brazilian Musicals- O Grande Circo Místico, Raia 30 Anos, Os Sete Brotinhos, Ela Brasil, Cauby! Cauby! Uma lembrança, The Merry Widow, Candide, The Hoffman’s Tales she was the Director/Choreographer for “Na Cola do Sapateado”, “Babozeiras”, “Na Festa de Babete,” “Nuvem de Lagrimas, O Musical” and “Nelson Gonçalves, O Amor e o Tempo”. She is an Associate Director for Chicago the Musical since 2007 and has directed the show in South-Korea, Japan, UK, Argentina, Russia, Germany, Denmark, West End, Paris and South Africa. Tânia Nardini is truly honored to be working on this production of Chicago the Musical in Australia.

GARY CHRYST

Re-creation of New York Production Choreography

GARY CHRYST

Re-creation of New York Production Choreography

Gary Chryst has staged the Chicago choreography on every continent except Antarctica. In June 2016 and 2017, Mr. Chryst appeared as the Tsar in the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Golden Cockerel with American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House. In 2013, Jiri Kylian created a work featuring Mr. Chryst, East Shadow, which has been seen in theatres throughout the world. Mr. Chryst’s stagings include Michel Fokine’s Petrouchka for the Mariinsky Theater (Kirov) in St. Petersburg, Russia; the National Ballet of Canada and American Ballet Theatre, performing as the Charlatan in the latter production at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York; Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz for the Juilliard School and assisting Ann Reinking in a new production of the Kander and Ebb musical, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera at the Signature Theater.  He was co-choreographer of a new production of West Side Story in Brazil and choreographed a new American production of South Pacific, Nijinsky in Japan and numerous MTV videos. Mr. Chryst's Broadway performing credits include Guys and Dolls, Bob Fosse's Dancin' and A Chorus Line. He appeared on international tours of Chorus Line and West Side Story. He had a notable career as a classical dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and Nederlans Dans Theatre 3. He returned to the Joffrey in October 2006 as one of the Ugly Stepsisters in the Company premiere of Frederick Ashton's Cinderella. He performed as a guest with the companies of Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Eliot Feld, Jose Limon, Nureyev and Friends among others.

Jesse Kissel

Musical Supervisor

Jesse Kissel

Musical Supervisor

Broadway: ChicagoThe Visit, The Cher Show, Leap Of Faith, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Cirque Du Soleil's: Paramour, Bright Star, Ragtime (Avery Fisher Hall 15th Anniversary Concert). National/International Tour: Chicago. Regional: Kid Victory (Signature Theatre, DC), The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Scottsboro Boys (Center Theatre Group, LA), Titanic, Cats (MUNY). Cabaret/Concert Work: Randy Rainbow, Live! (Live Nation Tour), TOVAH: Out Of Her Mind (Tovah Feldshuh), Aaron Lazar (The Kennedy Center, Birdland, 54 Below, and Joe’s Pub) Symphonic work: The Boston Pops; Naples Philharmonic. BFA Boston Conservatory, MM Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Orchestral Conducting

JOHN LEE BEATTY

Set Design

JOHN LEE BEATTY

Set Design

Broadway: A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Burn This, Penn   Teller, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tally’s Folly, Fifth of July, Crimes of the Heart, Baby and Anna Christie, among many others. Off-Broadway: Sylvia; The Cryptogram; The Destiny of Me; The Substance of Fire; The Road to Mecca; Song of Singapore; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Life in the Theatre; 20 seasons at MTC and Circle Rep. Major regional theatres, film, opera and TV. Recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. Graduate: Brown and Yale.

WILLIAM IVEY LONG

Costume Designer

WILLIAM IVEY LONG

Costume Designer

William Ivey has over 70 Broadway design credits. Select Broadway: Prince of Broadway, A Bronx Tale, On the 20th Century, Cabaret, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, The Producers, The Boy from Oz, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. Recent television work includes “Grease Live!” (Emmy nomination) and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” both for the FOX television network. Mr. Long has won six Tony Awards, with 15 nominations. He recently completed a four-year elected term as Chairman of the American Theatre Wing and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in January 2006.

KEN BILLINGTON

Lighting Design

KEN BILLINGTON

Lighting Design

Almost 100 Broadway shows including Chaplin; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; The Scottsboro Boys; [title of show]; White Christmas; Drowsy Chaperone; Footloose; Sweeney Todd; Sondheim on Sondheim; Side by Side by Sondheim; Sunday in the Park with George (’08); Chicago (Tony Award); Annie (’97); Hello Dolly! (’95); Fiddler on the Roof (’76, ’81, ’90). Tours include 9 to 5, High School Musical, Annie. Other: Riverdance (lighting supervisor), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (’79-’06), “Smash” for NBC, SeaWorld Parks’ One Ocean and Shamu Celebration, Tavern on the Green (’14). Awards: Tony, Drama Deck, Outer Critics, Lumen, Ace.

ROB FISHER

Vocal Arrangements

ROB FISHER

Vocal Arrangements

Original conductor and music director for Chicago and its Grammy Award-winning cast album and supervisor of Chicago companies worldwide. Music director and conductor of City Center’s Tony Award-winning Encores! series since its inception in 1994. Other credits: Garrison Keillor’s radio broadcasts, concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, PBS, the White House, guest symphony conductor and more than 20 recordings. Broadway/tour: 3 Penny Opera starring Sting, Me and My Girl, A History of the American Film, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Little Johnny Jones, Big River.

DAVID THOMPSON

Script Adaptation

DAVID THOMPSON

Script Adaptation

Projects include The Scottsboro Boys (London’s Critics’ Circle Award, Evening Standard Award, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), Steel Pier (Tony nomination), Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: And the World Goes ’Round (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nomination). Thompson is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.