Interview with STNJ’s Chicago the Musical Actor and New Jersey Resident Robert Quiles
It’s been going for 25 years, and Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy shake. It’s a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. As State Theatre New Jersey celebrates its 25th anniversary, you’ve got to see why the name on everyone’s lips is still Chicago.
Check out our interview with New Jersey resident Robert Quiles who plays Amos Hart. He is married to Roxie Hart and sings “Mr. Cellophane.”
The story is set in Chicago during the Roaring Twenties and focuses on the themes of crime, corruption, celebrity, and the pursuit of the American Dream.
The plot revolves around two women, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, who are both in prison for murder. Roxie, a young and ambitious chorus girl, kills her lover in a fit of rage after he threatens to leave her. Velma is a vaudevillian and former star who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together.
Both women hire the same charismatic and unscrupulous lawyer, Billy Flynn, to defend them and manipulate the media to gain public sympathy and ultimately be acquitted. The story explores their attempts to use their notoriety to secure their freedom and achieve fame, all while exposing the corruption of the criminal justice system and the media circus surrounding sensational trials.
“Chicago” is known for its dark humor, jazzy music, and provocative dance numbers. It’s a satirical critique of the American obsession with celebrity and the blurred line between fame and infamy.
You catch one of four shows on Saturday, November 18th, and Sunday the 19th. Tickets can be purchased here.