Feb. 20-March 24, 2019
Opening Night on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse • music by John Kander • lyrics by Fred Ebb
based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins • script adaptation by David Thompson
directed and choreographed by Ron Hutchins

Opportunity knocks when a crime of passion earns Roxie Hart the kind of notoriety that slick-talking attorney Billy Flynn can exploit for her dreams of fame and his hunger for fortune. Roxie’s story captures the imaginations of newspaper readers and reporters who fall hook, line and sinker for Billy’s clever manipulation. Roxie quickly overshadows previous murderess, media darling, and fellow Cook County inmate – vaudevillian Velma Kelly. Set in the Jazz Age, Kander and Ebb’s legendary, Tony Award-winning musical takes a tantalizing look at how the times may change, but the allure of fame remains a fundamental motivation for those willing to sacrifice their scruples for the spotlight.


Because each individual theatregoer is different, The Rep offers suitability suggestions for every production. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness, or stage effects that might have a bearing on your comfort, please call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.


Characters Smoke Onstage Yes Cigars and cigarettes
Characters Drink “Liquor” Onstage Yes Drunkenness depicted
Drug Use Depicted No  
Violence Depicted/Referenced Yes Physical violence, domestic violence, murder by gun, poisoning, and knife, silhouette of a hanged woman, attempted sexual assault
Partial Nudity Yes Risqué dress
Sexual/Suggestive Content Yes Allusion to sex, sexual acts, and sexual situations, reference to genitals, reference to sexual assault, comedic treatment of cross-dressing, infidelity leading to pregnancy
Profanity (including colloquial profanity) Yes whoopee (2), pee, tramp, goddamn (5), son of a bitch (2), ass (5), screw/screwing (4), hell/go to hell (18), shit (3), damn (4), bastard, boobs (2), knocked up, copulate (2), mick (Irish slur), hunky (Hungarian slur), whore, rape, crotch, temptress, adulteress


ONSTAGE Gunshots Yes  
OFFSTAGE Gunshots Yes  
Fog/Smoke TBD  


The exact use potentially sensory-disturbing production elements are not determined until at least one week prior to the opening of the show. 


Yes Bright lights onstage, strobe lights TBD, dark in audience seating
Sounds Yes Onstage yelling, gunshots on and offstage
Music Yes Throughout


Murder, gun violence, physical violence, adultery, sexuality, alcohol, criminal behavior, jazz clubs of the 1920s, risqué dress, domestic violence, execution by hanging, deceit in court, prison, polygamy, infidelity, divorce, theft, pregnancy, gambling, execution of an innocent immigrant person

Comedic treatment of: murder, gun violence, physical violence, adultery, sexuality, criminal behavior, risqué dress, domestic violence, deceit in court, polygamy, infidelity, divorce, theft, pregnancy, gambling


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