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CHICAGOCHARACTERDESCRIPTIONS

RoxieHart:(Female.VocalPart:Mezzo.AgeRange:2030)Asprettyassheis

selfcentered,RoxieHartsunrelentingsearchoffameandgloryformsthespineofChicago.
Notverybrightandneverthinkingabouttheconsequencesofheractions,Roxiemakesbad
decisionsthroughouttheshowallinthenameofpublicrecognition.Herwannabevaudeville
mindsetlaststhroughouttheentireshow.Despitebeingagenerallydislikablecharacter,Roxie
remainsstrangelysympathetictotheaudiencebecauseweunderstandthatherselfishnessisnt
malevolent.RatheritisimmaturitythatpropelsRoxiesfallfromintegrity.Aboveall,RoxieHart
isacharacterthatembodiesthecorruptionthatfamecanbestowuponaperson.Note:Roxieis
averystrongFossedancer.

VelmaKelly:(Female.VocalPart:Alto.AgeRange:2540)Tough,sexy,andsarcastic,
VelmaKellyisavaudevilleperformerwhoresidesinCookCountyJailaftershemurderedher
cheatinghusbandandsister.Usedtobeingthemainattraction,Velmafiercelycompeteswith
upandcomingrivalsuperstarRoxiefortheattentionofthepressandtopreservehercelebrity
status.InBrechtianstyle,Velmaoftenbreaksthefourthwallandaddressestheaudience
directlytoexplaincertaineventswithintheshowandexpressherselfinthestyleoffosse.

BillyFlynn:(Male.VocalPart:Baritone.AgeRange:3550)Suave,educated,andvery
manipulative,BillyFlynnisalawyerwhomakescelebritiesofhisclientsinordertogainthem
sympathyfromthemediaandswaythepublicsopinionaperkthatRoxietriestotake
advantageof.BothVelmaandRoxiehireFlynntorepresenttheircasesandusehimastheir
claimtofame.Withaperfecttrackrecordunderhisbeltandgoodlooksandcharmtoboot,
Billywilltakeonanycaseaslongasitmeansputtingmoneyinhispocket.

MatronMamaMorton:(Female.VocalPart:Alto.AgeRange:3050)Thetough,sassy
wardenoftheCookCountyJail,Mamatreatstheinmatesunderherwatchlikefamilyand
woulddoanythingforthemsolongasshegetssomethingelseinreturn.Reciprocityisher
motto.Mamasphilosophyrepresentsmuchofwhatiswrongwiththejusticesystem.

AmosHart:(Male.VocalPart:Baritone.AgeRange:3050)Anautomechanicandthe
haplesshusbandofRoxie,Amos,thoughnotverygoodlookingandnotverysmart,isalovable
andgoodnaturedman.Heistheonlycharacterintheshowwhosemotivesarepureofheart
andneverselfish.Despitethis,hesalsotheonlycharacterwhoreallylosesoutintheend.A
victimofhisowninnocence,Amosrepresentstheaveragemanwhopusheshardtodotheright
thing,butnevergetsanyrecognitionforit.

MarySunshine:(Male.VocalPart:Soprano.AgeRange:2555)Asappy,soppytabloid
columnistwhoreliesmoreonemotionthanthoughtwhenitcomestowritingherstories,Mary
Sunshineisapersonwhobelievesthatnomatterwhathorribleatrocitiesapersonhas
committed,somehowtheremustbealittlebitofgoodinthem.Thischaracterisusuallyplayed
byamanindrag.

MasterofCeremonies:Acharacterthatappearsthroughouttheshowtointroducethe
variousacts.Existingoutsidetheeventsoftheplay,theM.C.speakstotheaudiencedirectly
andoftenprovidesinsightintothecharactersorsituations.

FredCasely:(Male.VocalPart:Spoken.AgeRange:3050)Roxiesboyfriendatthe
beginningoftheshow,FredCaselysleepswith,andispromptlymurderedbyRoxieafterhe
walksoutonher.Appearsinflashbacksreenactingtheincident.

SergeantFograty:(Male.VocalPart:Spoken.AgeRange:3555)Apolicesergeantwho
investigatesthemurderofFredCaselyandinterrogatesAmos.

Liz:(Female.VocalPart:N/A.AgeRange:1845)OneofthemerrymurderessesofCook
CountyJail.Shootsherhusbandwithashotgunbecausehepoppedhisgumtooloudly.

Annie:(Female.VocalPart:N/A.AgeRange:1845)Oneofthemerrymurderessesof
CookCountyJail.Foundoutherboyfriendhadmarriedseveralwivesbehindherbackand
poisonedhimwitharsenic.

June:(Female.VocalPart:N/A.AgeRange:1845)OneofthemerrymurderessesofCook
CountyJail.Stabbedherhusbandwithacarvingknifeafterheaccusedherofcheatingonhim.

Hunyak:(Female.VocalPart:N/A.AgeRange:1845)Oneofthemerrymurderessesof
CookCountyJail.Accusedofchoppingoffherhusbandshead,Hunyak,unlikeherfellow
inmates,isactuallyinnocent.However,sheisfoundguiltyregardlessduetoherinabilityto
speakEnglishandherrefusaltopleadguiltytohercrime.Herexecutionillustratesthe
corruptionofthejusticesystem.SpeaksHungarian.Balletskillsrequired.

Mona:(Female.VocalPart:N/A.AgeRange:1845)Oneofthemerrymurderessesof
CookCountyJail.Killsherboyfriendafterfindingouthewassleepingaround.

GoToHellKitty:(Female.AgeRange:2140)Awealthywomanwhoinheritedherparents
money,Kittykillsherboyfriend,Harry,inherapartmentafterfindinghimsleepingwithtwo

othergirls.Goingcrazyafterthemurder,shebecomesquiteviciousandusestheoftrepeated
phrasegotohelltothoseaddressingher.

Harry:(Male)BoyfriendofGotoHellKitty.HeismurderedbyKittyaftershecatches
sleepingwithtwoothergirls.

Aaron:(Male)Hunyakslawyer.Impatient,heisfedupwithhisclientsinabilitytospeak
English.

MartinHarrison:(Male)ChicagosDistrictAttorney.PresentatRoxiestrial.

CourtClerk:(Male)Amildmanneredcourtclerk.Poorcourtroomconduct.Presentat
Roxiestrial.

TheJudge:(Male)Hishonor.PresentatRoxiestrial.

CHORUS:Weneedbothmaleandfemalechorusmembers.Wearelookingforbothsingers
anddancersespeciallydancers.Somechorusmembersmayhavelines.Rolesinthechorus
includenewsreporters,policemen,inmates,tailors,shoeshiners,andothercitizensofChicago
intheroaringtwenties.(danceandlookfosse)

WEARELOOKINGFORSTRONGFOSSEPERFORMERS

THECELLBLOCKGIRLS,FREDCASLEY,ECT.WILLBEONSTAGEASMULTIPLE
CHARACTERS.

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