LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The Lexington Theater Company is counting down to bringing Chicago to the stage.
The Broadway musical turned movie is the company’s next summer theatrical production.
“It’s been a busy month for sure,” said Lyndy Franklin Smith, co-founder and artistic director of The Lex.
Days after performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid thrilled audiences, rehearsals began for Chicago.
“It’s remarkable how quickly we go through the material in this process,” Franklin Smith said. “From the first rehearsal to the first hearing, it’s two weeks. This team has been preparing for years to arrive at this show ready to move so fast. But when it’s all said and done, we’re in the rehearsal room from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. And in the space of just a few days, we go from page to step.
After her own trip to Broadway and back, Lyndy and her husband Jeromy Smith are bringing Broadway here after founding The Lexington Theater Company which stages the musical August 4-7 at the Lexington Opera House.
Murder, mayhem and “All That Jazz” abound in the Broadway classic, with a jazzy score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Bob Fossé and Fred Ebb. Chicago is Broadway’s second longest-running show.
The adaptation of The Lex features direction and choreography by Patrick O’Neill (Associate Choreographer of Broadway’s School of Rock and Broadway-bound The Heart of Rock & Roll). The Lex Orchestra takes center stage in this production, led by Resident Music Director Brock Terry.
Chicago will also be led by a host of Broadway veterans, including J. Daughtry (Ain’t Too Proud, The Color Purple, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Billy Flynn, Lexington’s Haley Fish (Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Cats) as Velma and Kristin Yancy (The Cher Show, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) as Roxie. Altamiece Carolyn Cooper plays Mama Morton, a role she has played across the country in many regional theaters; Brance Cornelius returns for a second summer show to play Amos; and University of Kentucky alum and Drag Star Gilda Wabbit will play Mary Sunshine.
In addition to seasoned Broadway pros in lead roles, the cast includes rising stars and recent college graduates.
“That’s what’s really special about what we do,” Franklin Smith said. “It looks like Broadway, but it’s made here in Lexington for this community. And that’s why we’re so excited.
Evening performances for the musical will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4; Friday, August 5; and Saturday, August 6. Additionally, there will be matinees at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Tickets are available for purchase via Ticket master.
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