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"Chicago" Extended At North Shore

Come On Babe, It's One Week More . . . And All That Jazz

Due to popular demand, North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly has extended the fall run of Kander & Ebb’s “Chicago” for an extra week. Originally scheduled to play from October 29 to November 17, the production will now run through November 24.

According to folks at the theater, box office sales have surged since it was announced that 80’s pop star-turned Broadway actress Deborah Gibson will play the role of Velma Kelly.

Gibson first made her first noise on the pop music scene at the age of 16. Quickly becoming the youngest person every to write, produce and perform a #1 single “Foolish Beat,” she zoomed to the top of the heap. From Billboard hits to platinum records and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year honors, she sold out venues around the world.

As she matured, she morphed from Debbie Gibson, teen pop sensation, to Deborah Gibson, actress. Boston audiences last saw her as the Narrator in “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at The Colonial Theatre.

Featuring murder, mayhem and mischief, “Chicago” is Bob Fosse's dark-but-comical musical tale of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl gone bad; her slick, eye-for-talent lawyer, Billy Flynn; and her cellmate and rival for the nation's headlines, Velma Kelly.

Featuring a blockbuster score including “All That Jazz,” “Mr. Cellophane,” “Me and My Baby” and “Hot House Rag,” "Chicago" first opened in 1975 with Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera as its razzle-dazzle stars. This was the same season "A Chorus Line" thundered down Broadway and many feel Fosse's magic was vastly overshadowed by the backstage emotions of the high-kicking line. In other words, if "A Chrorus Line" had not opened that season, "Chicago" might have been that year's blockbuster.

When a new sexy update arrived on Broadway in 1997, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Anne Reinking starred. That version, which received six Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, provides the basis for the North Shore production.

Tickets are available by calling the theater at 978-232-7200 or online at

-- R. J. Donovan/OnStage Boston


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