Darkness, corruption and all that Jazz set the scene

Theatre in the Grove has a treat in store for musical theater fans: Chicago is coming to town.

The 1970s Broadway musical, based on a 1926 play by the same name, has been the target of multiple revivals, and now locals can see the play live on Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.

Set in the roaring twenties, Chicago is a sensuous tale of sin, corruption. Known for its signature song, "All that Jazz," and made famous most recently in a star-studded, Oscar-winning Hollywood production, the musical is a real thrill ride.

"It has everything that makes a musical great: knockout dancing and a ripped-from-the-headlines story about Roxie Hart, an ambitious chorus girl, who murders her lover and convinces her gullible husband to take the rap," said Ken Centers, who is directing the production.

Ultimately, Roxie goes to jail and joins another famous stage performer and murderess, Velma Kelly. Both women are headline hunters seeking to capitalize on pre-trial publicity as they turn to their tricky lawyer, Billy Flynn, to free them from jail and make them famous through one show-stopping song after another.


Performance dates are April 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 at 8 p.m., and April 15, 22, 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 to $14 and are available by calling the theater box office at 503-359-5349.

You can also purchase tickets online for this or any production this season by visiting

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