The team of Mpamboozled Art Company, composed of students from the Department of Theatrical Studies in Nafplio, presents to us the adaptation of "Chicago," one of the greatest musicals of all time, on Sunday, July 9th 2023, at the Cultural Center of Nea Kios.
It is the artistic part of a thesis project by students of the Department of Theatrical Studies in Nafplio, where in the adaptation of the world-renowned play by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse, "Chicago," we will witness a story full of murder, greed, violence, corruption, adultery, and betrayal. We will let the graduates enchant us and take us to a world full of... "Justice"...
Chicago is a musical that first premiered on Broadway in 1975, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and choreography by Bob Fosse. The script of Chicago is based on the play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, written in 1926, which focused on reporting about female criminals in 1920s Chicago. The story of Chicago is a satirical portrayal of justice and the figure of the celebrity criminal. The stories of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly (the central characters in the musical) are inspired by the real-life cases of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, respectively. Additionally, the stories of the five women in the Cell Block Tango are also based on true cases.
Mrs. Ioanna Tzartzani, Mrs. Antonia Vassilakou
Narrator: Harry Bousoulas
Roxie Hart: Anna Makurina
Velma Kelly: Maritimi Petraki
Billy Flynn: Tassos Atmatzidis
Amos Hart: Christos Stathopoulos
Mama Morton: Markella Christogiannakis
Mary Sunshine: Parisa Gounia
Fred Casely: Giannis Galanis
Fogarty – Doctor: Filippos Afentoulidis
Judge – Reporter: Stratos Kourlios
Kitty Baxter: Kelly Adamidou
Liz: Eugenia Armeni
Annie: Iro Dimitriou
June: Marina Sitou
Haniak: Nicole Notsika
Mona: Electra Alexiou
Original Text: Maureen Dallas Gotkins
Text attribution: Gerasimos Evangelatos
Text Editing: Maritimi Petraki
Directed by: Maritimi Petraki, Anna Makourina
Kinesiology – Choreography: Maritimi Petraki
Editing of music - songs: Anna Makourina
Scenography – Costumes: Anna Makourina, Maritimi Petraki
Sound engineering: Kostas Iliopoulos, Teddy Dimakou
Lighting: Lampros Skoufoulas, Lydia Dagovanou, Evelina Zarkada
Technical equipment manager: Lampros Skoufoulas, University of Peloponnese
Set construction: Ginis Furniture Nafplion
Graphic design: Goran Gogic
Recording: Nikos Ephraim Paravalos
Photography – Trailer: Tasos Atmatzidis
Poster: Anna Makourina
Seating of viewers: Marioanna Katsoulis
Cultural Center of Nea Kios (Municipality of Argos), main Square of Nea Kios
Did you know that?
In 2002, "Chicago" was adapted into a film, directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall. It won six Oscar Academy Awards, including the Best Musical award, which until then had belonged to "Oliver" since 1969. The film starred Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Queen Latifah. Overall, "Chicago" has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album in 1998. It has been performed in major theaters worldwide, from Mexico City to Moscow, and from São Paulo to South Africa. The direction and the original groundbreaking choreography by Bob Fosse have remained iconic in history.
Mrs. Maritimi Petraki, together with her fellow student Mrs. Anna Makourina from the Department of Theatrical Studies at the University of Peloponnese based in Nafplio, presents the artistic part of their thesis work at the Cultural Center of Nea Kios, with an adaptation based on this play.
The Scout System provided the space for the rehearsals of the graduates, while the Cultural Center of Nea Kios provided the stage for the performance.