Auditions - Chicago

Book by Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Premiering in 1975 and the hit of the 1997 Broadway season in a production that originated at City Center's Encore! series, CHICAGO won six Tony Awards including Best Revival and later, the Academy Award as Best Picture of the Year.

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap... until he finds out he's been dumped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. 

Production Team

Director: Craig Maloney
Musical Director: Peter Verhagen
Choreographer: Renée Maloney

Audition Dates

Vocal Auditions: Monday 4thh & Wednesday 6th June from 7.30pm
Dance Audition: Sunday 10th June - 3.30-5.00pm
Callbacks: 6pm onwards (as required)

Book now via email auditions@phoenixtheatrecompany.org

Rehearsal Dates

Commencing Wednesday 13th June
Monday 7.30 -10.30, Wednesday 7.30 -10.30 and Sundays 1.00-5.30pm

Performance Dates

7-15 September @ the Doncaster Playhouse

Audition Location

Phoenix HQ – 105 Leeds Street, Doncaster East

What to Prepare

Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces in the style of the show. Please do not sing a song from the show. Dialogue will also be emailed upon audition booking. 

A piano accompanist will be provided, so please come with sheet music for your song in the correct key and in a folder.

Character descriptions

Roxie Hart: Age 20-35. (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, F3-B4) Innocent, sexy, desperate, selfish. Roxie is not very bright and never thinks about the consequences of her actions before she says or does things. Every move is selfish, every idea foolish and ill-considered, and yet she remains strangely sympathetic because we know her selfishness is not malicious; but childish. All Roxie cares about is getting into Vaudeville. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer

Velma Kelly: Age 25-45. (Range: Alto, E3-D5) Sarcastic, sexy, tough, funny. Velma is a former vaudeville performer who also serves as the hostess. She often talks directly to the audience. She killed her husband and her sister after finding them together. Used to being the "headliner" she learns to hold her tongue and make nice to save her vaudeville career. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer.

Billy Flynn: Age 35+. (Range: Baritone, Bb2-G4) Sexy, persuasive, manipulative, masculine. Billy is a suave, educated lawyer who can persuade anyone to do anything. Billy will take any case as long as it is sure to put money in his pocket. Billy is a lot like a Hollywood Agent. Needs to be a strong actor / strong vocals / dancer.

Amos Hart: Age 30+ (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Charming, funny, vulnerable, timid man. Amos is an average guy, not very good looking, not very smart. Manipulated easily, Amos is the only character in Chicago whose motives are entirely pure, never selfish and he's the only character who really loses ultimately. Strong character actor / strong vocals

Matron “Mama” Morton: Age 35+. (Range: Alto, F#3-Bb4) Sexy, funny, powerful and tough. The matron of the Cook County Jail who believes that all favours she gives should be reciprocated or paid for. Needs to be strong character actor, strong vocals – Belt

Mary Sunshine: Any age ( Male or Female). (Range: Soprano, Bb3-Bb5) Soprano or counter tenor who can sing legitimately up to a high B flat projects image of a good natured talk show hostess but is actually a high powered gossip columnist. Must have good comedic timing and presence.

Female Ensemble

Hunyak: Accused of chopping off her husband’s head. She is actually innocent (one of the only ones), but because she only speaks Hungarian and refuses to plead guilty, she is found guilty and hanged. **This is a challenging role as all her lines are in Hungarian. Would like this actress to have a strong background ballet.

Liz: (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5) Killed her husband with a shotgun because he “popped” his gum. Strong vocals / Dancer

Annie: (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5) Found out her husband had several wives and killed him with Arsenic. Strong vocals / Dancer

June: (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5) Killed her husband with a carving knife after he found out she cheated on him. Strong vocals / Dancer

Mona: (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5) Killed her boyfriend after she found out he was sleeping around. Strong vocals / Dancer

Go-to-Hell Kitty: (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5) Kills her boyfriend in her apartment after coming home and finding him with two girls. She is wealthy but crazy

Male Ensemble

4 good singers and movers to fill the following roles: