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Broadway smash musicals Chicago and Evita coming to Braden Auditorium

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Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The smash Broadway musicals Chicago and Evita are coming to the Braden Auditorium at Illinois State University.

The performance for Chicago will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Evita will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Those wishing to purchase tickets to both Chicago and Evita, can take advantage of the Broadway at Braden mini-series ticket option, from $90 – $135, which will go on sale Monday, October 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets for individual shows of Chicago and Evita go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, November 9, and range from $50 to $75. Tickets will be available at the Braden Box Office in the Bone Student Center, and through Ticketmaster.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history, with no sign of slowing down. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Evita is the groundbreaking musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber that captures the rise and fall of one of the world’s most glamorous first ladies in this classic Broadway and London hit. Featuring the iconic song “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” the show shines a light on the real-life Eva Peron, who enthralled a nation and enchanted the world as the first lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Evita is a high-flying theatrical experience adored the world over.

The shows are sponsored by Columbia Artists.

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