Chicago Press Release & Photos

Chicago Press Release & Photos


April, 2015

Contact: Jeffrey Dunn, Executive Director

Administrative: (860) 283-8558

Box Office:  (860) 283-6250

Event Dates: CHICAGO

April 18, 24, 25, May 1, 2 @ 8pm

April 19, 26, May 3 @ 2pm


Location: Thomaston Opera House Main Stage, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, CT


Landmark presents Chicago in the “FOSSE” style at the Thomaston Opera House.

THOMASTON– The long-running hit musical Chicago will be presented by Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House on April 18, 24, 25, May 1, 2 @ 8pm & April 19, 26, May 3 @ 2pm. 


Chicago has been presented on Broadway for over 6,300 performances since it opened in 1996, and won six Tony awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The original production, directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, opened in June of 1975 and was nominated for nine Tony awards.

Specific dance selections of Landmark’s production were choreographed by Broadway Alumna, Carolyn Kirsch. Ms. Kirsch appeared in 15 Broadway productions over a 21 year period of performing in New York City.  During that time she worked extensively for the Director/Choreographers Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse.  

While working for Mr. Fosse, Carolyn appeared in both the First National and Broadway companies of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”, “Sweet Charity”, and she toured with the first National Company of “Chicago”, in which she played Velma Kelly.  She was one of the first teachers of the Fosse Technique in the country to be sanctioned by The Verdon-Fosse Estate.  The Estate, led by Nicole Fosse, daughter of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse, has a  stated mission to ensure that the Verdon-Fosse style is passed on to younger generations in an authentic manner. 

Landmark is proud to include two dance numbers with choreography by Ms. Carolyn Kirsch, taught in her master class studio. The cast of Chicago worked tirelessly to learn the intricate and stylized movements attributed to the Fossee tequnique. Executive Director Jeff Dunn remarks on the enthusiasm exhibited by the cast, production team and Director;  “…[they are] very excited to bring this Award-Winning Braudway show to the Thomaston Opera House stage for the first time! The heavy dance infused musical is a welcome challenge to the cast and the Theatre is thrilled to present a cult favorite on our historic victorian stage…”.

Billed as “a musical vaudeville,” Chicago is based on a play by the same name written in 1926 by Maurine Dallas Watkins. It tells the story of Roxie Hart, who finds herself on Murderer’s Row in the Cook County Jail after shooting her lover. Smooth-talking attorney Billy Flynn agrees to take on Roxie’s case and manipulates the Chicago press to make Roxie a celebrity. Roxie has a rival for the media’s attention, however: another Billy Flynn client named Velma Kelly. Chicago is a cynical look at America’s celebrity culture and its corrupt judicial system, presented through the highly stylized language of song and dance.

Leading the production of Chicago is director Foster Reese, a TOH veteran director, actor and Board Member. Muiscal Direction provided by TJ Thompson, the Music Director for Taft School in Watertown. Choreography is by Foster Reese, with original choreography by Bob Fosse, reinstated by Carolyn Kirsch & Mary Ann Lamb for Landmark’s premier production of Chicago on the Opera House main stage.

Appearing as Roxie Hart is Emily Diedrich, who last played Glenda the Good Witch in TOH production of the Wizard of Oz. Janina Gonzalez, who is making her TOH debut will play the role of Velma Kelly, while lawyer Billy Flynn is played by WATR Radio Personality Tom Chute. Playing the role of Mama Morten is Carletha Hawley and Chuck Stango as Amos. An ensemble of talented dancers & vocalists round out the vaudeville cast.

Chicago runs April 18—May 3, 2015 . Tickets are $24, $20 for students and seniors and are available online at or by calling the Box Office 860-283-6250. All seats are reserved. For more information on subscriptions, gift certificates and group sales contact or visit the Box Office (860) 283-6250 Monday – Saturday 1pm – 6pm @ 158 Main Street Thomaston, CT 06790


Velma ~ Janina Gonzalez

Roxie ~ Emily Diedrich

Mama Morten ~ Carletha Hawley

Amos ~ Chuck Stango

Billy Flynn ~ Tom Chute

Cell Block Girl ~ Erin McAvoy

Cell Block Girl ~ Katie Brunetto

Cell Block Girl ~ Amber Mason

Cell Block Girl ~ Caitlin Barra

Cell Block Girl ~ Jean-Marie McGrath

Cell Block Girl ~ Malie Grasmere

Cell Block Girl ~ Martha Irving

Cell Block Girl ~ Leslie Bacon

Cell Block Girl ~ Beth Harvison

Cell Block Girl ~ Leanna Scaglione

Cell Block Girl ~ Erika O'Keefe

Cell Block Girl ~ Jennifer Bunger

Male Dancer ~ James Goggin

Male Dancer ~ Jonathan Zalaski

Male Dancer ~ Shelby Davis

Male Dancer ~ Nathan Rodriguez

Mary Sunshine ~ Dan Beaudoin


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