The public has been eager to see a local production of the hit musical “Chicago” and Playhouse 395 is answering the call.
Assistant Producer Nancy Upham said Chicago’s appeal may be that is more contemporary than other Playhouse productions, like South Pacific and Guys and Dolls. The movie, Chicago, came out in 2002 and should still be fresh with audience members and the movie follows the musical closely. The show is a rare opportunity to see Chicago; Playhouse is one of only six theaters granted license to produce the show on the West Coast this year.
This is also Playhouse’s first foray into “risqué” material, Upham said. The musical contains some profanity and adult content, and has self-imposed a PG-13 rating, and may be inappropriate for younger viewers. For the first time, Playhouse barred anyone under the age of 18 from performing in a production.
Chicago is proving to be the most complex production Playhouse has ever attempted, according to Upham.