Robert Cuccioli, Robert Creighton, Mara Davi Are Part of July 23 Reading of Maurine Dallas Watkins' Chicago

Readings and Workshops   Robert Cuccioli, Robert Creighton, Mara Davi Are Part of July 23 Reading of Maurine Dallas Watkins' Chicago
 
The reading of the 1926 play, the inspiration for the hit musical, is part of the Project Shaw series.
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Gingold Theatrical Group's 13th season of Project Shaw, offering some of George Bernard Shaw’s greatest works and those of his contemporaries, continues July 23 with Maurine Dallas Watkins' Chicago at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

Written in 1926, Chicago is best known as the inspiration for the 1975 stage musical Chicago and its long-running revival, which continues at the Ambassador Theatre.

Pamela Hunt directs a cast that features Arnie Burton, Robert Creighton, Robert Cuccioli, Mara Davi, George Dvorsky, Joy Franz, Judy Gold, Jonathan Hadley, Susannah Perkins, Anna Marie Sell, and Time Out NY Theater Editor Adam Feldman.

Chicago, a satire, was based on two unrelated 1924 court cases involving two women, Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, who were both suspected and later acquitted for murder, whom Watkins had covered for the Chicago Tribune as a reporter.

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“Most people, including fans of the great musical, don’t know this play even exists! So we’re particularly delighted to reintroduce this riotous play to New York,” said Artistic Director David Staller.

Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at symphonyspace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available for $50 by contacting the Gingold office (212) 355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org.

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