Auditions for Chicago – VARep

By | December 22, 2019

Auditions for Chicago

January 19, 2020

Our administrative offices are closed through January 1. Appointment requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.


Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Direction by Nathaniel Shaw
Choreography by Tyce Diorio
Music Direction by Anthony Smith

SYNOPSIS: The merry murderesses of Cook County Jail will be slaying audiences in the heat of the summer in Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winning hit, Chicago. Set in the “razzle dazzle” of the roaring twenties, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart vie for the spotlight in search of fame, fortune, and acquittal in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.

REHEARSALS BEGIN: the week of May 25th 2020
PERFORMANCE RUN:  June 26 to August 9th 2020


ROXIE HART -30-40. Innocent, sexy, desperate, selfish. Roxie never thinks about the consequences of her actions before she says or does anything. Every move is selfish, every idea foolish, and yet she remains strangely sympathetic due to her hope and naivete. Seeking strong triple threat performer – must attend dance call.

VELMA KELLY -30-45. Sarcastic, sexy, tough, funny. Velma is a former vaudeville performer. Guilty of killing her husband and sister after finding them together. Seeking strong triple threat performer – must attend dance call.

BILLY FLYNN -35-60. Persuasive, manipulative, and commanding. Billy is a suave, educated lawyer who can convince anyone to do anything. He loves money. If the facts don’t suit his needs, he’ll simply change them. Seeking strong baritenor with rich vocal quality.

MARY SUNSHINE -Any age. An elegant, serious and sympathetic high-powered gossip columnist. Seeking Male countertenor to convincingly play female character. 

*The roles of Mama Morton and Amos are cast. 

MALE and FEMALE ENSEMBLE –  20s-30s, ANY ETHNICITY. Must be strong dancers with solid jazz technique. Strong singers and actors a plus.

Union and Non-Union. All performers will be paid. Virginia Repertory Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Performers of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, and (dis)abilities are strongly encouraged to audition. 


Sunday, January 19
10:00 AM to 6:30 PM 

LOCATION: Richmond Ballet 
407 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Ground Floor Galye Studio



Sunday, January 19
7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Virginia Repertory Theatre, November Theatre
114 West Broad Street 
Richmond, VA 23220


For the dance audition, character shoes/dance sneakers only, no street shoes or socks.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare (1) 32-bar musical theatre selection in the style of the show.  Material from the show is acceptable. The selection should showcase the vocal range of the roles for which you would like to be considered. 

Be sure to bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. 

For the roles of Mary Sunshine and Billy Flynn, sides will be provided.

To request an appointment:

Please email 
Include CHICAGO – Audition Request in the subject line.

The body of your email should include the following:

  • your full name
  • headshot
  • resume
  • role(s) for which you would like to be considered
  • preferred audition time (dancer OR actor)

Incomplete audition requests will NOT be processed

NOTE: Once your audition request has been processed, you will receive a Confirmation Email that contains further details regarding your audition, including your audition appointment time. 

Callbacks will be held on Monday January 20th. You will be contacted via email to attend the callbacks. No phone calls, please.

Please direct all questions to No phone calls, please.

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