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Aug. 28, 2017
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Music and Drama in Napa Valley
Lucky Penny opens season with Chicago
Lucky Penny Productions opens its 2017-2018 season on Sept. 8 with the longest running American musical in history, Chicago. It will run through Sept. 24.
Based on a 1926 stage play titled Chicago, the musical version was brought to life in 1975 by Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original production.
Though that first production was a success, the revival that came to Broadway in 1997 took Chicago to new heights as audiences recently immersed in the trial of O.J. Simpson found new relevance in a story of criminals who become celebrities (and vice versa).
The film version of Chicago was a critical smash and won the 2002 Best Picture Oscar.
“We’ve wanted to produce Chicago since we founded Lucky Penny,” said artistic director Taylor Bartolucci. “We were thrilled to finally be granted the production rights, and even more thrilled to have landed the talent we have for this show. Based on the word of mouth, and what we can see from early ticket sales, we are confident this is going to be a favorite for our audiences.”
A total of 17 actors make up the cast under the guidance of co-directors Taylor Bartolucci and Barry Martin, musical director Craig Burdette and choreographer Staci Arriaga.
Well-known local publicist Mia Malm advised; she danced for Bob Fosse for two years in touring companies of his Broadway show, Dancin'.
The music and lyrics for Chicago were written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, creators of Cabaret and a dozen other beloved musicals. They also wrote “New York, New York,” the title song from the film of the same name.
Buy tickets at
www.luckypennynapa.com. Season subscriptions offer savings of 30
percent or more.
For assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 266-6305.
Chicago will be presented at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center at 1758 Industrial Way in Napa.
See NapaValleyNow.com for details on future events.
Aug. 31, Don Bassey & Friends
Silo's is at 530 Main St. in Napa. See www.silosnapa.com.
Blue Note Club
Visit www.bluenotenapa.com or call 880-2300.
Napa Valley Opera House Ballroom (Upstairs JaM CellarsBallroom in Margrit Mondavi auditorium)
Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
E & M Presents
Buy tickets at www.EandM.Eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.EandMpresents.org, email EandMpresents@gmail.com or call 224-4353 or 501-8567.
Napa Valley Music
Visit www.musicnapavalley.org or call 256-7500.
Napa Valley Theater
Visit www.napavalleytheater.org or call 256-7500.
Lucky Penny Community Arts Center 2016-17 Season
Lucky Penny Community Arts Center is at 1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208
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