CHICAGO THE MUSICAL
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Directed by Chrissy Burns
Musical Direction by Chris Tweedy
Choreography by Jennifer Solomon-Rubio
Death row has never been so sexy! Travel to Chicago in the roaring twenties’ for this edgy satire starring the lovely yet dangerous Roxi Hart and the infamous ‘Merry Murderess’ Velma Kelly. Complete with cheating, murder, a frame-up, conviction and a whole lotta singing and dancing, you won’t want to break free from this captivating production. Re-imagined in a cabaret setting, as only Coronado Playhouse can provide.
Premiering in 1975 and the hit of the 1997 Broadway season in a production that originated at City Center’s Encore! series, Chicago won six Tony Awards including Best Revival and later the Academy Award as Best Picture of the Year.
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. Convicted and sent to death row, 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. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.
Meet the Cast
- Masters of Ceremony: Brittney Caldwell, Kimberly Miller, Eboni Muse
- Velma Kelly: Meredith Russo
- Roxie Hart: Allison Boettcher
- Fred Casely: Joey Kirkpatrick
- Amos Hart: Jacob Alexander Davis
- Liz: MJ Turner
- Annie: Siri Hafso
- June: Tamara Rodriguez
- Hunyak: Laman Musayeva
- Mona: Alexandra Slade
- Matron “Mama” Morton: Tori Roze
- Bailiff: Prince Charming
- Billy Flynn: David Guthrie
- Mary Sunshine: Daryl Daley
- Go-To-Hell-Kitty: Julianne Little
- Harry/Aaron/Martin Harrison: Patrick Mayuyu
- The Judge: Reggie Hutchins
- Jury: Trevor Peringer
- Tap Soloist: Jessica Stamper
- Featured Ensemble: Chris Borrero, Candace Carbajal, Prince Charming, Reggie Hutchins, Joey Kirkpatrick, Julienne Little, Patrick Mayuyu, Wilfred Grant T. Paloma, Trevor Peringer, Stephanie Salo, Stephanie Stamper, Carmina Vasquez
- Cirque Performers: Chris Borrero, Stephanie Salo
Download the program here.
January 14, 2014
Coronado Playhouse and the cast and crew of Chicago put a Make-A-Wish San Diego teenager in the spotlight.
See the press release here.
Coronado Playhouse Presents Chicago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 17, 2013
M.G. Perez-Media Coordinator (619) 261-1200 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Coronado Playhouse Box Office (619) 435-4856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronado Playhouse presents CHICAGO:
Fresh and reimagined in a cabaret setting.
Make-A-Wish San Diego in the spotlight for children with life threatening illnesses
January 17-February 23, 2014
CHICAGO, the 2003 Academy award-winning movie first thrilled audiences on the Broadway stage in 1975 with an original collaboration by the classic duo John Kander and Fred Ebb. The legendary Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the razzle-dazzle musical that went on to an even more successful revival in 1997, winning six Tony Awards.
Now, audiences will experience CHICAGO like never before at Coronado Playhouse, which has been transformed into a prohibition era speakeasy cabaret. This production has been completely reimagined specifically for the intimate theater setting, complete with a pre-show musical revue before each performance. The fresh look at the musical classic reinvigorates the story of power and provocative crimes of passion with favorite show stopping numbers like “All That Jazz,” the “Cell Block Tango” and “Mr. Cellophane.”
During the run of the award winning musical, Coronado Playhouse, also known as the Community’s Theater, will partner with Make-A-Wish San Diego to support children with life threatening illnesses. Audience members are invited to donate money to the organization through cash or check as the hat is passed during each show. In the spirit of the 1920s gunshots and gangsters’ generation, there will be arrests made in the CHICAGO cabaret with patrons put in
“jail.” Their only hope for release from the makeshift cell block is to raise bail money that will be donated to Make-A-Wish San Diego – to make a child’s wish come true. During the January 18th performance a teenager living with an intellectual disability and the threat of congenital heart failure will be given a cameo appearance on stage with the cast allowing him a moment in the spotlight.
Coronado Playhouse is committed to giving back to the local community beyond quality entertainment and using its public platform to help those in need. To find out more about how donations are used or to nominate a child for a wish, please go to www.sandiego.wish.org.
OUT Night at Coronado Playhouse for the LGBT community will be Thursday, January 23, 2014, with a pre-show mixer beginning at 6:30 p.m. The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beer and wine, appetizers, cocktail specials and admission to the show. Don’t miss our CHICAGO Valentine’s Day Happy Hour on Thursday, February 14. Plan a romantic evening starting with a 6:30 p.m. reception, which includes appetizers and drink specials. Impress that special someone with champagne, a rose and the night’s pre-show and performance starting at 7:30 p.m.
The CHICAGO cast features Allison Boettcher as the murderess, Roxie Hart, and Meredith Russo as Velma, her partner in crime. The suave and manipulating attorney Billy Flynn is played by David Guthrie, with Tori Roze in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, and Jacob Alexander Davis as the overlooked faithful husband, Amos Hart. Daryl Daley is Mary Sunshine, and the Masters of Ceremony are Eboni Muse, Kimberly Miller and Brittney Caldwell. The trio does double duty with a pre-show revue before each performance.
The supporting cast features murderesses Laman Musayeva (Hunyak), Alexandra Slade (Mona), MJ Turner (Liz), Siri Hafso (Annie), Tamara Rodriguez (June), Julianne Little (Go- to-Hell Kitty), Joey Kirkpatrick (Fred Casely), Patrick Mayuyu (Harry/Aaron/Harrison), Reggie Hutchins (The Judge), Trevor Peringer (Jury), Jessica Stamper (Tap Soloist), Candace Carbajal, Prince Charming, Wildfred Paloma, Chris Borrero, and Carmina Vasquez.
The exceptional band is conducted by Patrick Marion (Piano) and includes: David Rumley (Drums / Percussion), Oliver Shirley (Bass), Rik Ogden (Woodwinds), Chris Tweedy (Trombone) Billy Edwall (1st Trumpet) Michael Fowler (Trumpet), Jim Mooney (Banjo).
The Production Team includes: Director: Chrissy Burns
Choreographer: Jennifer Solomon-Rubio
Musical Director: Chris Tweedy Producer: Luc R. Pelletier
Band Director: Patrick Marion
Lighting Design: Chad Oakley and Xavier Luevano
Set Design: Frank Stangler
Costume Design: Alex and Pat John
DATES: January 17-February 23, 2014
TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.
Active Duty Military / Senior / Student discounts
Excellent group rates are available. We partner with non-profits in fundraising opportunities for groups of 50+.
Cast and production members are available for interviews and video opportunities. Still pictures of the production can also be provided. Please contact M.G. Perez for specific media interest and needs. Make- A-Wish San Diego and the Coronado Playhouse are qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations. Coronado Playhouse is San Diego County’ s longest running community theatre.
To learn more about ticket prices and discounts, or sponsorships, contact the box office at 619- 435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., with the Masters of Ceremony pre-show event starting at 7:30 p.m.
CHICAGO is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Reviews are not yet available for this production.
Allison Boettcher (ROXIE) is notorious for performing in various venues. A recent graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU), she was last reported to be been seen in past productions there including Peter Pan, where she impersonated Wendy, and in Crimes of the Heart (Babe). Playing the innocent, naive murderess of Babe enabled Allison to tap into her inner murderess, hungry for the stage. She was last seen fleeing the scene of the crime at the Jackson Hole Playhouse where she played Urleen in their production of Footloose and Darlene in Honky Tonk Angels. Now, Allison has shot her way straight to the top of the Vaudeville stage and couldn’t be more ecstatic. Allison, like Roxie, dreams big and will stop at nothing to get what she wants (regardless of length or distance required).
Chris Borrero (FEATURED ENSEMBLE) is looking to spend some time in the slammer for his devious crimes in past productions. Highly dangerous, the suspect is not only trained in various styles of dance, but also in acrobatics. A master of disguise, he was last spotted in Cirque De La Mer at Sea World San Diego impersonating a mystical creature, amazing audiences with his superhuman strength and abilities. He is also known for his mischievous performances at Legoland California where he has creatively disguised himself as a young, innocent boy (Marco) in The Big Test Show. Sponsored by Christy Beaudin.
Brittney Caldwell (MASTER OF CEREMONY); everything is copacetic these days for Brittney since she’s been MC’ing the acts at her juke joint in Chicago. She just did a 3 month bid up state where she did hard time in a tower as The Dragon in Shrek the Musical in Fresno, CA. She gets the heebie-jeebies when she sees unkempt hair and has a reputation for bumping off anyone who double crosses her. Her past convictions include impersonating other characters from For Colored Girls, Dreamgirls and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
Candace Carbajal (FEATURED ENSEMBLE) was incarcerated for the crime of impersonation, a skill in which she is highly adept. Some of her favorite personas were Sr. Mary Leo, Mabel Chiltern, Anne Egerman, and Minnie Fay. She was also wanted in Southern CA and Arizona for her choreography, such as Willy Wonka, Secret Garden, and Sheila, which she started with her partner in crime, Geoffrey A. Cox. She was finally caught when impersonating a snowflake in West Coast Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Miss Carbajal was sentenced to hard time at San Elijo Dance & Music Academy, where she now teaches ballet and tap to the local inmates.
Prince Charming (BAILIFF/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) is a rebel without a cause. Under his direction, his mob, The Boylesque Tomcats, have been seen prowling around wreaking havoc on unsuspecting citizens. These bad boys are the sigingest, dancingest and sexiest guys this side of the Mississippi. They’re also the first and only all-male burlesque troupe in San Diego. Prince was last seen hiding Once on This Island posing as a dancer. Prince’s mug has been plastered on billboards across the country.
Daryl Daley (MARY SUNSHINE) has been sentenced to serve time at the Coronado Playhouse lockup on two previous occasions; on charges of prostitution (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and illegal possession of alcohol (The Drowsy Chaperone). Other known arrests: Grease, OnStage Playhouse, assault with a deadly weapon (pompoms); Zombie Prom, Pickwick Players, consorting with the dead; Urinetown, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, peeing for free. Arresting officers be warned, suspect is known for conspiring with squirrels, disturbing the peace, and generally causing a nuisance with cohorts on the Group W bench. Sponsored by Norm and DarLene Daley; Thomas Fitzpatrick & Barron Henzel.
Jacob Alexander Davis (AMOS HART) has done time in youth theatre, convicted for such roles as Cogsworth (Beauty & The Beast) and The Pharaoh (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Jacob’s latest performance spree has been at the Ocean Beach Playhouse as Ralph in Spider Baby, The Musical, and Paul Berthelette in Carnival! at this notorious crime den, the Coronado Playhouse. Jacob recently stated: “I am so proud to be included in such a fantastic ensemble of performers as this,” and, “NOT GUILTY!” Sponsored by Patty Fay.
This is David Guthrie’s (BILLY FLYNN) third arrest at the Coronado Playhouse. Earlier offenses include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Sheriff Ed Earl) and Carnival! (Marco). He was last seen hiding out in Les Miserables (Jean Veljean) with the other parolees from the 413 Project. Suspect is considered manipulative and very dangerous in the courtroom. Accomplices include his partner in crime, Cassiopeia, and henchmen Xander and Jasper. He credits the cast and crew for helping him become the criminal mastermind he is today.
Siri Hafso (ANNIE/FAETURED ENSEMBLE) is new to San Diego after escaping a warrant for refusing to pay RENT at the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur D’Alene, ID. Armed with tap shoes and high kicks, she recently raised havoc on stage in Spring Awakening, White Christmas, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. This is her first offense at the Coronado Playhouse. Think twice before you sip your drink, she has been known to serve arsenic to those who upset her.
Reggie Hutchins (THE JUDGE/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) is convicted as a Jewel Thief and of Larson and Mayhem. He has done time in some of the most hardened theatres in California. His most recent time served was 5-10 at San Diego Musical Theatre, where he did hard time in Dreamgirls as Lil Albert and performed hard rehabilitation in staged/musical/dance numbers as Butler to Pharaoh and Brother to Joseph. After parole Reggie couldn’t stop his felonious ways and committed numerous offenses. He is considered armed and dangerous. This criminal mind has studied the ancient arts of movement in Aida, Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café, Swing, Comedy of Errors, Little Shop of Horrors and many others. Reggie’s longest stint ended with him serving 15-20 years at Mary Birch Theatre in H.M.S. Pinafore and heading the fierce gang Daughters of the Regiment.
Joey Kirkpatrick (FRED CASLEY/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) is doing his second stint at Coronado Playhouse. A known womanizer, his last offense involved drinkin’ liquor and buyin’ cheap broads (Aggie/Ensemble, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Other offenses include: Harboring Illegal Aliens, Murder (Seymour, Little Shop of Horrors, Scripps Performing Arts Academy [SPAA]) Trespassing, and Disturbing the Peace (Ensemble, RENT, SPAA). Officers beware: He will be committing a crime of passion later this summer by impersonating royalty and seducing an unconscious lady (Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, Coronado Playhouse). Accomplices who made these crimes possible: The Boyfriend, The Roommate, The Squirrels, Fellow Inmates, Crew. Sponsored by Harry Granruth & Katy Skyrud.
Julianne Little (GO-TO-HELL-KITTY/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) plead guilty for her last performance at Coronado Playhouse as an ensemble tap dancer in 42nd Street. She is deadly in the art world, can sing her head off, and dances until she drops. She may be guilty, but loves being in Chicago – Ha cha whoopie!
Patrick Mayuyu (AARON/HARRY/HARRISON/FEATURED ENSEMBLE); other known aliases: Skipper, Mitch, Bert, Uncle Chin, Juan, Riff Raff) was last seen loitering at San Diego REP in In the Heights. Witnesses have spotted him committing musical arson at Ion Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre, where he was recently convicted of being a Chinese tap dancer. Armed and extremely dangerous in jazz and comedic timing. Accomplices: The Mayuyu Mob, Punch Buddy, Half Okinawan, Red, Louie the Mexican and the mistresses of InnerMission. Sponsored by Harry Granruth & Katy Skyrud.
Kimberly Miller (MASTER OF CEREMONY) was imprisoned behind the scenes as the assistant director of the local drama club in her home town. She was detained as an off-stage voice to musicals such as The Wiz, Cinderella, Grease Lightning, Beauty and The Beast, Aida, and Dreamgirls. That’s until she stumbled into an audition at the Coronado Playhouse and seized one of the singing MC’s roles in the musical Chicago. Kim is a native of York, PA, known as a small-town soloist with evidence of a knock-out voice on musical recordings with Larry Colbert and Lael Music Group, Ernie Saunders and the Girlz, and the National Churches of the Living God. Kim is currently doing time in her solo project titled “My Response” with M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records of San Diego, CA.
Laman Musayeva (HUNYAK/FEATURED ENSEMBLE); AKA Lemon Dancer, is known to frequent dance clubs. She emigrated from Azerbaijan to the US with her Russian gangster clan to pursue her career on Broadway. She is ambitious and armed with ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz and tap dance techniques. She was accused of killing her boyfriend – he was trying to keep her away from stage. Lately, Laman has been spotted as a performer on San Diego Monster Bash. Beware, because she undoubtedly will try to prove that she’s “NOT GUILTY.”
Eboni Muse (MASTER OF CEREMONY) AKA “Mama Noah,” “Sour Kangaroo,” “The Witch,” “Katisha,” “Sarah,” and “La Criada,” has been rumored to have been bustin’ ear drums since the womb. She started down the wrong path at a young age by joining the infamous Ladies of La Mesa, then moving up the ranks to the oh so scandalous Guys and Dolls and before long, Muse was said to be linked with the Highland Players mob family. Sent up the river to do a two year stretch on the PCPA chain gang, she learned to throw sequins in their eyes. Muse now runs with the notorious SoundWave gang. She was also reported to have been seen impersonating a medical student and exploiting a new non-profit crime syndicate on the block called TrU Women. Recently, Muse was unmistakably identified in a line up with God’s Numbering and Beauty’s Symphony. “With God as my witness, the next time yous coppas catch me it’ll be on Broadway!”
Wilfred Grant T. Paloma (FEATURED ENSEMBLE) is serving his second consecutive conviction at the Coronado Playhouse. Last sighted in the Coronado Playhouse’s rendition of Carnival!, Wilfred managed to escape with only a minor offense as a Roustabout in the ensemble. Also known under the alias Rich Sol with the popular gang the Boylesque Tomcats, Wilfred has victimized audiences with his sultry, soulful tones. Wilfred is considered armed and highly dangerous in Jazz and Hip-Hop and for the last seven years has been reported to impersonate as instructional staff for the Sweetwater Union High School District and the YMCA San Diego.
Trevor Peringer (JURY/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) is a gender-bending-con-artist who began formulating his schemes at the young age of 5. Finally in his 20s, he discovered the true power of lipstick and extra durable pantyhose. He was found guilty in 2002 at Jack Dodge impersonating a Phantom/Frank N’ Furter (Rocky Horror Show). He was also found guilty in 2005 thinking he could represent the state of Texas in Cygnet’s local Pageant. He attempted to rehabilitate himself by hooking up with the rest of The Interns (The Man) doing Hair (Tribe/Margaret Meade) at the Fritz Theatre, but soon discovered that the government also frowns upon public nudity. He did hard time at the Diversionary penitentiary where there was hardly any privacy to Yank! (India), but soon discovered It’s a Fabulous Life (Carl/Carlotta) and When Pigs Fly (Trevor). Trevor is wanted in the state of Oklahoma! (Ensemble) for gross indecency under the Starlight.
Tamara Rodriguez (JUNE/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) has been convicted of first degree stardom! Convict first appeared in international shows from an early age: “Quinceanera” (Telemundo) and “Buscando la Nueva Banda Timbiriche” (Univision). With no signs of regret, she continued to make her singing vendetta. Her unspeakable stage credits include: Chicago, Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Lena Horne Tribute, Carnival!, Nokia Live Theatre with Shahkar Binespajooh and the LA Phil, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Musical and San Antonio’s Mexican Bicentenario Celebration. Subject served some time at Berklee College of Music, where she graduated, later travelling to San Diego with no plans to stop her uncanny musical ways. She’s been associated with the Rodriguez Cartel and the Mehl Mob. She thanks her family and friends for sharing her insanity for the arts! Sponsored by Patty Fay.
Tori Roze (MATRON “MAMA” MORTON) has been on the run from the theatrical stage for nearly five years now. Having fled the scene to consort with a band of “merry men” AND her mother (“Tori Roze and The Hot Mess”), they’ve been literally slaying audiences from New York to Seattle. Wanted: For not “giving the people what they want,” when she abandoned the theatre. History: After being let loose from the Boston Conservatory encampment, Roze took the back roads to the University of California, Santa Cruz, hiding out at places like Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Hansel & Gretel: A New Twist on an Old Tale). Still on the run, she then headed way down south to The Fritz (Hair) and The Diversionary (It’s a Fabulous Life, The Breakup Notebook: The Lesbian Musical) where she disguised herself as both a black woman AND an extremely butch lesbian…that’s right, a lesbian. A master of disguise, the suspect is considered dangerously deceiving but don’t let her fool you, this Mama wants nothing but your dollar bills…and maybe even your lady. Sponsored by Christina Payne-Ross.
Meredith Russo (VELMA) is serving her 6th stint at the Coronado Playhouse, having previously been charged with dousing hot coffee on a patron (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), impersonating an Angel (SUDS), composing lewd songs and tap dancing in public (42nd Street), among others. Law enforcement has record of over 20 aliases including Miss Strict (Zombie Prom), The Witch (Into the Woods), Bonnie the gun moll (Anything Goes) and Rizzo (Grease). Known to be highly dangerous and armed, Ms. Russo is known to frequent the Buddy Bunny Bench, the Red Fox and anywhere with a stiff extra dirty martini. Known accomplices: Tallest Smallest Squirrel, The Taffetas and the FitzHenzel Street Gang. Sponsored by Thomas Fitzpatrick & Barron Henzel.
Alexandra Slade’s (MONA/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) first ever arrest is at the Coronado Playhouse. However, it is not her first crime. Her previous crimes include impersonating Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Before her arrest in Chicago, she was seen in Baltimore, MD, with an alias by the name of Lil Inez in Hairspray. It is said that her villainous acts are inspired by her favorite malefactresses: Jennifer Rubio, MJ Turner, Julie Benitez, Sarah LeClair Klacka, and of course, Chrissy Burns. She thanks Rolland and Adrienne Slade for raising such a sly criminal and blames Ryan and Jay Slade for pushing her over the edge.
Jessica Stamper (TAP SOLOIST/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) was released from the University of California, San Diego campus in June after serving a three-year sentence for writing inappropriate poems and using indecent sign language. Allegedly, she is said to have been a long time hoofer using the alias Ethel on 42nd Street (Coronado Playhouse) and posing as a USO comedian/hoofer under the alias Jo Sterling at the Swingtime Canteen (OnStage Playhouse). It has been rumored that she attended the deadly The Wild Party (CP) that vaudeville legends’ Queenie and Burrs threw, under the alias Sally, but no evidence was found. Other aliases include Sheila, Queen Aggravain, Mrs. Clacket, Scrappy, and Virginia McMath.
MJ Turner (LIZ/FEATURED ENSEMBLE) did time at Coronado Playhouse for 42nd Street where she was known as Diane Lorimer, but she seamlessly slips into new personas. Favored aliases include: “Little Red”- notorious for staying off the path and cavorting with unsavory elements of society; “Sally Brown”- in cahoots with a beagle; “Jo March”- got busted by authorities for cross dressing and telling fanciful tales; and “Laura Wingfield”- caught pilfering glass figurines. She also fought her way out of Hollywood with high falls, hand to hand combat, wire, firearms and was quite adept to taking on the likeness of others for the ultimate switcheroo – the cops never saw it coming. She also has been caught on surveillance tapes while working for the SAG gang in such capers as “Passions, “Once And For All” and “My Emily.” There has been talk that she is working with them again soon; authorities are on high alert.
Carmina Vasquez (FEATURED ENSEMBLE), a San Diego native, is charged and guilty for not taking no for an answer. She is most known for her vicious acts performed with San Diego Mesa College Dance Company and is considered armed and dangerous having studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Recent crimes were committed with team Afta Shock San Diego (Culture Shock San Diego) since last being seen violently tap dancing and quick changing in Coronado (42nd Street, Coronado Playhouse). Other rare sightings include stealing trophies under the alias of Cha Cha DeGregorio (Grease, OnStage Playhouse) and attempting to light a man on fire (Pippin, Pickwick Players). Consider yourselves warned about this happy feet criminal; her quick thinking moves and distracting smile puts her at the top of the “Most Wanted” list. Sponsored by Luc R. Pelletier.
Chrissy Burns (DIRECTOR), AKA “Madam Director,” “Miss Chrissy,” “Mama Kitty,” and “Marilyn.” Last year Chrissy did some hard time right here on Coronado Island with a child murderess and a cross dressing talent agent. As a repeat offender in the Directing category, she has nabbed several awards for hightailing it with the hoofers on 42nd Street, seducing the masses with the lascivious ladies of Sweet Charity, and corrupting the sinful sisters in Nunsense. Stepping out of the shadows and onto the stage, she has taken on many disguises. She received numerous noise complaints for rocking out with the other time travelers over at Lambs Players in the miXtape DeLorean. Under her alias Queenie, she is still wanted for a mysterious murder that took place at The Wild Party (Coronado Playhouse). This dangerous diva did time in the buff with the other hippies posing as Sheila in Hair at the Fritz Theatre. You may find her unexpectedly at your doorstep, telegram in hand, acting as one of many characters to serenade you. Recently she’s been posing as a vocal coach training the sultry songbirds of tomorrow. She is often seen with her partner in crime Jessica “Scrappy” Stamper, who is also currently at large.
Jennifer Solomon-Rubio (CHOREOGRAPHER) is on San Diego’s “Most Wanted” list for such crimes as provocative dance moves in public, evading the police via pirouettes and impersonating a dance teacher. Five years ago, she allegedly opened up her own performing arts studio, Infinity Dance Arts, under the poorly chosen alias Miss Jenn. It has been speculated that she has won many awards for her choreographic genius but the police refuse to release the evidence and the trophies. According to public record, Jennifer is currently at large with her longtime co-conspirators who shall remain nameless.
Chris Tweedy (MUSICAL DIRECTOR) has been terrorizing the San Diego music community since graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University with a music composition degree in 2006. Since then, authorities have had trouble predicting his next move. He has been seen impersonating Smudge in Forever Plaid, a featured trombone player and jazz singer with various local bands, and as a commissioned film composer – and was even spotted in a recent episode of the TV show Wipeout. Recently, however, authorities have noticed he has developed a pattern of acting as musical director in several Christian Youth Theatre productions with the notorious Josh and Amanda Pontsler. Not wanting to seem predictable, Tweedy has broken pattern yet again by partnering with Chrissy, Luc, and Jenn at the Coronado Playhouse and couldn’t be happier about his new partners in crime.
Luc R. Pelletier (PRODUCER) started in this racket in 2008, producing Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at Coronado Playhouse. He has Diane Musgrove, Chrissy Burns and Danny Ingersoll to blame. Since then, he has produced Swingtime Canteen (OnStage Playhouse), The Crucible (Pickwick Players), 42nd Street (CP) and Ruthless! The Musical (CP). When not being “creative,” he can be found at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, supervising the joint on off hours. He has impersonated an advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse for close to 35 years. He did time at Fairfield and Yale. He thanks the amazing Creative Team and Cast of Chicago for what will undoubtedly be a not-to-be-missed, trend-setting, jaw-dropping, barrier-breaking, razzle-dazzle theatrical event!
Alex John (CO-COSTUME DESIGNER), whose other known alias is Chary Cadillac D’Ville, is on the loose. She has evaded capture once again but has been spotted with an accomplice in a number of local thrifty spots. She can be identified by her inks of Marilyn Monroe and Sparko. Alex is known to laugh out loud and give fashion advice, whether asked for or not. Be aware she can appear tough, but is really quite gentle. This venue is the second conviction for her. With Ruthless! The Musical (Coronado Playhouse) under her belt, she has undertaken the cast of Chicago with all she has. Of course, after running the course of this show she may wind up in solitary confinement. When approaching her, be kind, say hello, smile and throw in an “Atta Girl” once in a while.
Pat John (CO-COSTUME DESIGNER) is quiet and cannot dance or sing. Needle and thread are her weapons of choice. She tends to wander and can been seen wherever a bargain may be hiding. Pat’s new motto of this last year is “every day is a Saturday.” She was previously convicted of being teacher’s pet with design her crime and writing in rhyme. So watch out, stay out of her way while she is doin’ her time. She can be bought off with buttons, bows, shiny blings and cutesy things.
Nikki Jacqout (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) is currently a junior in high school that got caught up in some suspicious acts while lingering around Sweet Apple Ohio with her accomplices in Bye Bye Birdie. She is jazzed to see the mischievous attitudes of the cast and crew, and is ecstatic to see everything come together into a malicious act of desperation.
Ayesha Ayeni (ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER) is thrilled to be hiding out in Chicago as Jennifer’s accomplice. She did time in Utah as a Dynamite Swing in Hairspray and an Arabian in Aladdin. She’s also a part of Fullerton Civic Light Opera’s (FCLO) West Side Story gang, her fellow Sharks called her “Consuelo.” Ayesha is a master of disguise; she’s been seen at The Candlelight Pavilion with the Dreamgirls, posing as a Nubian in FCLO’s Aida and even down at The Little Shop of Horrors where she went by the alias “Chiffon.” She is armed, dangerous and NEVER without her goons Baby Face Frankie and Mama.
Frank Stangler (SET DESIGNER & CONSTRUCTION), AKA “Bob the Builder” and “The Handy Man,” makes visions come true. After proudly serving 22 years in the Navy, he has returned to his home town, often found swinging his big hammer or cutting wood with his high speed equipment. Frank was recently asked to help free some old friends from jail, using his big hammer once again. Frank plans on doing time attending graduate school in the fall at the University of Phoenix. He calls East County and the city of El Cajon home.
Jacob Koehnen (STAGE MANAGER/SOUND DESIGNER) is a pillar of enforcement who is looking to maintain order and chaos in this town. His lengthy career consists of over a decade of various cases with a near hundred percent arrest rate. He has most recently diffused the audio situations over at the San Diego REP during La Pastorela and also the latest incident at Coronado Playhouse with SUDS. He seeks to keep this cast and crew in order and gives special thanks to his crew for helping maintain this cast of crooks.
Stephanie Salo (ASST. STAGE MANAGER) is so excited to be doing hard time once again with such an amazing production team and cast at the Coronado Playhouse. Other credits include ASM for Wizard of Oz (Infinity Dance Arts), ASM for Ruthless! The Musical, Lighting technician for Carnival!, and most recently Co-Producer for SUDS (Coronado Playhouse). Along with pursuing her unrelenting passion for the theatre arts, she spends much of her time training in Aerial Acrobatics. She thanks her husband for all of the support he gives her in pursuing her lawless passions. Congrats to the cast and crew for such an amazing production of Chicago!
Chad Oakley (CO-LIGHTING DESIGNER) has recently done hard time at Coronado Playhouse in: Lighting Design, Pageant (Aubrey Award), Co-Lighting Design, 42nd Street (Aubrey Award). Recent convictions at other theaters include: OnStage Playhouse: Director, The Violet Hour; Assistant Director, Lighting Design, It’s Just Sex; Producer, Lighting Design, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Lighting Design, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, Pickwick Players: Lighting Design, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Director, Pippin. Chad has also done over 80 lighting designs or set designs for every Associated Community Theatre (ACT) theatre in town.
Xavier Luevano’s (CO-LIGHTING DESIGNER) lighting offenses range from as far north as Hollywood’s Theatre and as far south as Chula Vista’s OnStage Playhouse. He served four years at Loyola Marymount for a BFA in theatre and has been holding up audiences for almost twelve years. He provided lighting design and support for Coronado Playhouse’s Unshackled, a roaring success!
Erica Orr (PROPERTIES) has returned for the second time into the big house known as the Coronado Playhouse under the direction of the deadliest Warden, Chrissy Burns. This is Erica’s second offense of using her skills and creativity in the Props Department and can’t seem to be stopped! Erica has a rap sheet all over San Diego, but in her favorite city of murder, manipulation, and music, Chicago is Erica’s preferred place of lawlessness. Not only has Erica defiled the Coronado Playhouse, but she has also shared her graffiti talents at the La Jolla Playhouse over the last few months for the new musical Sideshow. She is known for her quick skills of escaping the law, but she hasn’t been so lucky this time.
Patrick Marion (PIANO/CONDUCTOR) has finally been caught and brought back to the Coronado Playhouse. For the last couple years, he’s been on the run since escaping narrowly from Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. During that period, he’s also been known to have been associated with the infamous Lamb’s Gang, the Cygnet Swans, and most recently with an odd bunch of miscreants at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Patrick is also thought to be associated with the mob’s recruitment wing, deceptively referred to as the Junior Theatre. He should be apprehended as soon as possible, before he has the chance to turn any more innocent children to dangerous lives in the arts.
David Rumley (DRUMS/PERCUSSION) has spent the last 15 years in and out of the theatre system. He served a previous stint at the Coronado Playhouse for The Wild Party (obviously too wild). Most often, David is locked up at Lamb’s Players Theatre, having just finished a nearly 4 year sentence at miXtape downtown at the Horton Grand Theatre, as well as long incarcerations for Godspell and Boomers. He’s also had run-ins with Cygnet, North Coast Repertory and San Diego Repertory theaters, and currently runs with the infamous New Youth Orchestra as the organization’s resident percussion instructor. David maintains a motley crew of private students in and around San Diego, and has NO plans to win any points for good behavior at Chicago!
Oliver Shirley (BASS) is excited to make his debut at Coronado Playhouse, a veteran of the San Diego theater scene since 1986. He has been an Associate Artist at Lamb’s Players for 20 years. Some of his favorite productions include A Midsummers Night Dream at San Diego REP (world premiere directed and composed by jazz drummer legend Max Roach), Cabaret at North Coast Repertory Theatre, SUDS at Starlight Theatre, Guys and Dolls at San Diego Musical Theater and a 4 year run with Lambs Player’s miXtape. Oliver received his BA from San Diego State University and a Masters in Music from University of California, San Diego. He played at the 1990 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with jazz trumpet legend Clark Terry and toured the globe for 9 years with the US Navy Band. He loves Chicago!
Rik Ogden (WOODWINDS), AKA Hoot Packard, Neil “Old School” Tucker, O.T. and “Hey You,” was recently released from doing 3 years to life at the Horton Grand Lamb’s Theatre for the miXtape caper. His weapon of choice is a guitar, but he’s been known to brandish a sax, clarinet, or even a banjo if that’s what it takes to get the job done. Rumored to have taken part in hundreds of crimes, including the Guys and Dolls crime spree and when Joe Took on the Volcano. He hangs out with the notorious Lambs’ Gang. Rik is alleged to have attended University of California, San Diego. He is currently on the lam in Carlsbad, and holed up at the Giacoletti Music Hideout.
Billy Edwall (1st Trumpet) is being detained for the 2nd time at Coronado Playhouse. His first offense happened when the cops broke up The Wild Party and took everyone in. Billy is known and wanted for playing around San Diego with places such as the Cygnet swindlers and the San Diego Musical crime ring. One of his latest offenses can be heard in Qualcomm Stadium each time the “Charge” theme is played over the speakers. He is currently wanted for his association with the Styletones, a San Diego funk and soul band, and the In Motion Collective, a San Diego band that focuses on afro-funk and soul music. Both bands are notorious for disturbing the peace and causing a scene. Billy can also be spotted at weddings, church services, dinner parties, recording sessions, teaching private lessons, coaching brass in the schools, and more, always causing trouble with his trumpet.
Michael Fowler (TRUMPET) AKA Spitz and The Lip, has served terms at several local institutions including, Coronado Playhouse, Christian Youth Theatre, Southwestern College and NCCB. This is his 2nd term at the Coronado Playhouse. His last term was here in SUDS. He’d like to thank all his friends, family, and especially his wife Chris for bail.
Jim Mooney (BANJO/MANDOLIN/ UKELELE) has most recently been surveilled performing in An American Christmas for Lamb’s Player’s. He’s jazzed to be serving his first booking at the Coronado Playhouse.
Chris Tweedy (TROMBONE); see bio above under MUSICAL DIRECTOR.
John Kander & Fred Ebb (Music; Book/Lyrics). The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades has created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics: 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) and Steel Pier. 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 Minelli’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 80’s the song “New York New York” becoming the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings: The Visit, All About Us, Curtains (currently on Broadway) and Minstrel Show. Life goes on.
Bob Fosse (Co-Author) A director, choreographer, dancer, and actor for films and stage, Fosse was especially famous for his innovative and spectacular staging, with the emphasis on exhilarating dance sequences. Bob Fosse began his career in Chicago where he studied ballet, tap, and acrobatic dance from an early age. While still a teenager, he performed with a partner as the Riff Brothers in vaudeville and burlesque theatres. After graduating from high school in 1945, he spent two years in the U.S. Navy before moving to New York and studying acting at the American Theatre Wing. He then toured in the chorus of various productions before making his Broadway debut in the musical revue DANCE ME A SONG. As a dancer, he performed in two long-running musicals, CALL ME MISTER and MAKE MINE MANHATTAN, followed by such Hollywood films as GIVE A GIRL A BREAK and KISS ME KATE. As a choreographer, his first show-stopping number was Steam Heat from THE PAJAMA GAME. This he followed with such hits as DAMN YANKEES with Gwen Verdon,BELLS ARE RINGING with Judy Holiday, NEW GIRL IN TOWNagain with Gwen Verdon, and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING with Robert Morse. He began his career as a director and choreographer with REDHEAD with Gwen Verdon, LITTLE ME with Sid Caesar, and two more Gwen Verdon musicals, SWEET CHARITY and CHICAGO. He also staged the innovative musical smash PIPPIN, the highly successful dance revue DANCIN’, and the 1986 musical BIG DEAL. For the screen, Fosse directed the films SWEET CHARITY with Shirley MacLaine,ALL THAT JAZZ with Roy Scheider, LENNY with Dustin Hoffman,STAR 80 with Eric Roberts, and, most spectacularly, CABARET with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. n 1973, Bob Fosse had the distinction of winning the three highest awards in three different media. He won a Tony Award for the musical PIPPIN, an Oscar for the filmCABARET, and an Emmy Award for the television special LIZA WITH A Z. In 1960, he married his third wife, Gwen Verdon. From that union came his only child, a daughter Nicole. During the Washington D.C. run of one of his most successful shows, SWEET CHARITY, he died of a heart attack. This occurred shortly before the curtain went up on the night of September 23, 1987.
Opening Night Dinner and Show Package
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:30pm
Join us for a special buffet dinner and a show for only $50 per person. Coronado’s Consummate Catering is providing the meal at the Playhouse from 6:30-7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.
Chicago’s fabulous Masters of Ceremony, Eboni Muse, Kimberly Miller and Brittney Caldwell, do double duty with a preshow revue before each performance, starting at 7:30pm (1:30pm on Sundays). Come early. You don’t want to miss these amazing performers.
OUT at Coronado Playhouse
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us for OUT NIGHT for theatre lovers in the LGBT community. Only $25! The pre-show mixer includes complimentary beer and wine, appetizers and cocktail specials and show admission! Show starts at 8pm.
Valentines Day Happy Hour and a Show
Friday, February 14
$35 per person. Plan a romantic evening starting with a 6:30 p.m. reception, which includes appetizers and drink specials. Impress that special someone with champagne, a rose and the night’s pre-show and performance starting at 7:30 p.m.
Student/Senior/Active Military Discounts
Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.
During the run of this award winning musical, Coronado Playhouse, also known as the Community’s Theater, will partner with Make-A-Wish San Diego to support children with life threatening illnesses. Audience members are invited to donate money to the organization through cash or check as the hat is passed during each show.
For this production, please help support our partnership with Make-a-Wish, San Diego.
See the press release here.