The Comeback Kid: Tanya Wills in “CHICAGO”

If you’re going to try and pull a fast one on Tanya Wills, or her character Velma Kelly, you’re going have to get up early.  Tanya says: “It’s funny, because in the Chinese calendar, I was born in the year of the rooster, who are apparently famous for always re-inventing themselves, and that couldn’t be more the case for me.” … Read More

The Women Who Inspired “CHICAGO”

The musical “CHICAGO” is based on a play of the same name by reporter and playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins, who was assigned to cover the 1924 trials of accused murderers Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for the Chicago Tribune. In the early 1920s, Chicago’s press and public became riveted by the subject of homicides committed by women. Several high-profile cases arose, which generally involved women killing their lovers or husbands. … Read More

Killing It: CHICAGO’s Claire Russell

Claire Russell brings seductive charm to the role of the murderess Roxie Hart in “CHICAGO“. Fame doesn’t come along without some degree of fascination, and few people prove more fascinating to the masses than female murderers – probably because they are so rare. Roxie Hart had all but given up her childhood dream of vaudeville stardom. Then she found opportunity … Read More

“CHICAGO” on The Nothing Exists Radio Hour

Two cast members from “CHICAGO” were recently interviewed on The Nothing Exists Radio Hour on Northumberland 89.7. Stephen Koshurba (who plays Billy Flynn) and Pavanne Hawkes (who is in the ensemble) are both making their debuts with the Northumberland Players, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on stage with us.

… and all that Fosse!

We recently sat down with the lovely and talented Alina Adjemian to discuss the evolution of dance during the roaring 1920’s, her challenges working on this very dance-focussed production, and all things Fosse. Alina comes to “CHICAGO” with an extensive dance and choreography resume. If you have seen a Northumberland Players musical, chances are you have seen her brilliant choreography … Read More