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‘Chicago’ opens Lowell Memorial Auditorium Broadway series — and all that jazz

“Come on, babe, why don’t we paint the town? And all that jazz.”

The memorable opening lines from the long-running hit Broadway musical “Chicago” reverberate on stage at Lowell Memorial Auditorium next Wednesday, Oct. 5, as the perennial favorite opens the 2022-23 Broadway Series for one show only.

After 25 years, “Chicago” is still the one musical that makes Broadway shimmy with its tales of fame, greed, deception and ambition. There’s one show-stopping song after another, plus Bob Fosse-infused dance numbers that will blow you away.

“Chicago” was honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.

The touring cast coming to the LMA features actress Evy Vaughan as Mona and Roxie Hart’s understudy. She has local connections with her mother hailing from Westford and shows at the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH, on her resume. Tickets are $39-$126 at tinyurl.com/mr2fzy52.

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‘The Thin Place’ brings a ghost story to Gloucester Stage Company this month (Courtesy Gloucester Stage Company)

GHOSTLY CONNECTIONS: Gloucester Stage Company greets fall and closes out its powerful 2022 season with a haunting production of “The Thin Place” by Lucas Hnath, on stage Sept. 30-Oct. 23. Part ghost story and part dissection of “truth,” the play builds a never-ending loop between your head and your sixth sense, while satisfying the cravings of both. With insight and relentless curiosity, the Tony Award-winning playwright’s work transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own. The suspenseful ghost story probes the profoundly human need for connection as it follows the burgeoning relationship between two women. Linda communicates professionally with the dead, who are still here, just in a different part of here, in the “thin place” and Hilda is a keen observer who’s seeking answers. Through their conversations, “The Thin Place” explores the living world, the worlds beyond, and the fragile boundary between them. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester. Tickets are on sale at gloucesterstage.org.

Umbrella Stage Company gives a feminist twist to ‘Dracula’ in Kate Hamill’s edgy adaptation. (Courtesy Umbrella Stage Company)

BOOO!: Kate Hamill’s edgy, feminist take on the classic horror story “Dracula” opens the Umbrella Stage Company of Concord’s season in its New England premiere Sept. 30-Oct. 30. Hamill sinks her teeth into the sexism in Bram Stoker’s classic. The result is a fun, fearless ride where the Count meets his match — and the #MeToo movement — in a fast-paced, theatrical tour de force that Hamill calls a “feminist revenge theory, really.” Hamill is one of the most produced playwrights in America for three years running, creating feminist, female-centered classics, either in new stories of adaptations of such classics as “Little Women,” “The Scarlet Letter” and “Dracula,” of course . It is recast with six women and three men and reimagines the constellation of players as strong, complicated women — both living and undead. Tickets $45, adults; $40, seniors; $20, students at theumbrellaarts.org. The play contains sexual situations, violence and suicide and may not be appropriate for those under 16 years old.

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is [email protected].

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