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Tech Players present ‘Chicago’


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Chelsea Holland plays “Mama” Morton in the Tech Players production of “Chicago” in the newly renovated Backdoor Playhouse.

Published Wednesday Nov 8, 2017

The Tech Players are back on their home stage in Tennessee Tech’s Backdoor Playhouse for their 63rd season to present the musical “Chicago.”

The production opens Thursday, Nov. 9 with additional shows November 10, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.; a late show Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. and a matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Mark Creter with music direction by Mendy Richards and choreography by Jennifer Dotson-Creter, this popular musical features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. “Chicago” premiered in 1975 and is the longest running show in Broadway history.

Set in the roaring twenties, the story follows chorus girl Roxie Hart who murders her lover and convinces her husband, Amos, to take the blame. However, Amos soon finds that he has been tricked and turns on Roxie. Convicted of murder and on death row, Roxie and another jail mate, Velma Kelly, compete for the spotlight, ultimately joining forces in search of the fame, fortune and acquittal.

This is the first Tech Players production in the Backdoor Playhouse since the renovation of the Jere Whitson Memorial building. Creter said the most notable change for patrons will be the new lobby entrance where the box office and concessions are located. The entrance door is located just next to the auditorium entrance and allows a better flow of traffic in and out of the Playhouse.

These performances are produced with support of the Tech Center Stage Series and in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Contact the Backdoor Playhouse box office at 931-372-6595 for more information.

The Backdoor Playhouse can be accessed via the rear entrance of the Jere Whitson Building at the intersection of North Dixie Avenue and East 8th Street.

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