Hi-Liners’ Chicago The Musical in Rehearsals, Show Set to Open Sept. 10th

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The Hi-Liners brings Chicago to Burien. Rehearsals are in full swing at the Annex for the September production. Here the Reporters are perfecting "We Both Reached for the Gun" from act one. Photo: Tina Giesbers


Burien’s Hi-Liners will be presenting ‘Chicago, the Musical’ starting Sept. 10th and continuing through Sept. 25th at the Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S. 152nd Street.

“CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen,” reads a press release – click here for more info.

If you haven’t seen the Oscar-winning movie in a while, or have yet to see the stage version, here’s a synopsis:

In the mid-’20s, Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos. Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley, a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly, a vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron “Mama” Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie’s story — or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie’s story — all over the press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines.

We’re huge fans of the Hi-Liners, as we’ve seen them perform both on stage (read a review here) and at the Three Tree Point Fireworks Fund Donor’s Party, where they rocked the house by acting as screaming fans as guests entered on a red carpet (some say this was the best party that ‘hood has ever seen). This is a group chock full of youthful talent and energy, so we’re sure this is going to be an excellent production.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Burien’s Hi-Liner’s ‘Chicago, the Musical’

WHEN: Showtimes are:

  • Saturdays: September 10, 17, 24 at 7:30
  • Sundays: September 11, 18, 25 at 1:30

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S. 152nd Street (next to Highline High School).

COST: Tickets are $15-$25, and group rates are available.

INFO: More info at www.hi-liners.org or by calling 206-617-2152.

VIDEOS: Please note that these are NOT scenes from this specific Hi-Liner production, but are great scenes from other versions and/or the film to give you an idea of the kind of music you might hear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn5-VN3SH1o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alUEEA9qFXM

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