MAIN STAGE – CHICAGO: High School Edition

Each Spring, Broadway Workshop along with Project Broadway present a lavish full scale Main Stage musical theatre production. We are thrilled to announce our 2020 Main Stage…

High School Edition
by  Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander, Maurine Dallas Watkins

Musical Direction by Luke Williams
Choreographed by Casey Leigh Thompson
Directed by Marc Tumminelli

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped 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. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. Chicago is currently in it’s 23rd year on Broadway and is the longest running American musical in Broadway history! The Broadway Workshop re-staging of Chicago will feature two casts, lavish sets and costumes, a live orchestra and will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Main Stage program.

What to prepare (Vocal and Dance Auditions)
We are seeking actors between the ages of 13 and 20 with strong dance, vocal and acting ability to play all roles. If attending the vocal audition, please prepare 16-32 bars of a standard musical theatre song. Please have sheet music in the correct key (accompanist provided). Singing from the show is fine. Please bring a headshot (snapshots are fine) and resume. Students will be asked to dance/move and read at the callback.  Students not available for the callbacks will be given material in their initial audition.

Broadway Workshop will be holding a DANCE CALL for this production. Students attending the dance audition may be asked to sing after the dance call. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a standard musical theatre song. Students attending dance call should have clothes they can easily move in and heels or jazz shoes.

Students do not need to sign up for both a vocal and a dance audition. If students attending the vocal audition are needed for a callback they will be asked to come back to dance during callbacks. If students attending the dance call are needed to for a callback they will be asked to sing at that time.

This production will be double cast with many leading, featured and ensemble roles available. Please do your best to be familiar with the show and music for the auditions and callbacks. Please be aware Chicago deals with adult themes.

Auditions & Callbacks
All auditions and callbacks will be held at Ripley Grier Studios (520 8th Ave) – 16th Floor

Saturday, January 4 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 5  –10:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday, January 10– 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 11 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 12 – 10:00 AM – Dance Call


Sunday, January 12 – 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Rehearsals take place on weekend afternoon/evenings and some Friday evenings beginning February 8. All rehearsals take place at Ripley Grier Studios (520 8th Ave – 16th Floor).

Performances will take place April 3-5 at the Off-Broadway theater venue –  The Riverside Theater91 Claremont Ave (@120th and Riverside), New York, NY 10027

Below you will find a link to the rehearsal conflict sheet. This document lists all potential rehearsals. We do allow conflicts and do our best to make the official schedule around our cast’s scheduled conflicts. We do our best to have smaller rehearsals on Friday evenings, but we may have a few Friday evening full-cast rehearsals.  Not all actors will be called for each rehearsal. Actors are only called when they are needed for staging.

Below you will find a character breakdown for CHICAGO. We will only cast according to your role specifications on your audition sheet. We ask they you be up front when listing the roles you will accept.

There is no fee to audition. If cast, there is a $695 registration fee to participate in the production. Full and partial scholarships are available through Project Broadway. Students requesting full or partial financial assistance will need to fill out a scholarship form BEFORE auditions. Click HERE for our scholarship application.

Students ages 13-14 can be considered for both CHICAGO and the Junior Main Stage – WE WILL ROCK YOU, but are only required to attend one audition appointment. Students may also use these auditions for our Children’s Musical Theater Festival summer program (CMTF).

More Main Stage Info:

The Main Stage production is geared towards high school and college students ages 13-21. Over the past 10 years Broadway Workshop has produced some of the highest quality youth theatre available and has been part of the pilots of several major musicals – Click here to see photos from our past productions. Our Main Stage and Junior Main Stage productions take place at an Off-Broadway theater venue in Manhattan and utilizes the highest level of directors, choreographers, lighting designers, set designers, costume designers and sound designers working in New York City. The Main Stage production will have two casts of student actors. All Broadway Workshop’s productions are co-produced by PROJECT BROADWAY a 501(c)3 non-profit program dedicated to providing scholarship opportunities for students interested in theatre arts. The Main Stage is a tuition based program, students cast in this program pay a $695 registration fee. Full and partial scholarships are available for students who qualify through Project Broadway. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must fill out a scholarship application and submit it before your audition.

See clips from our 2019 Main Stage – SISTER ACT

See clips from our 2018 Main Stage – SWEET CHARITY 

See clips from our 2017 Main Stage – PIPPIN 

See clips from our 2016 Main Stage – CABARET 

Past Main Stage Productions:
2019 – Sister Act
2018 – Sweet Charity
2017 – Pippin
2016 – Cabaret
2015 – Bring It On
2014 – Carrie
2013 – Xanadu
2012 – Legally Blonde
2011 – The Secret Garden (Pilot)
2010 – The Little Mermaid Jr. (Pilot)