Chicago

Assistant Choreographer 
Director: Allison Gold
Music Director: Alex Ratner
Choreographer: Gavin King
Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

I recently worked on Chicago the musical at Georgetown University Law Center. I was originally supposed to serve as Assistant Choreographer, but due to circumstance, I took over as lead Choreographer for the last few weeks. I am especially proud of my work on this show because I was able to prove my mettle both as an assisting artist and as an independent creator. I faced a lot of challenges and moved through them one by one until they had all been addressed.

 

After I took over as Choreographer, there were still a good portion of songs that needed to be choreographed. Since this was such a dance-heavy show, the director gave me free reign on several songs: “A Little Bit of Good”, “My Own Best Friend”, and “Razzle Dazzle”. I worked with the actors on song delivery, stage presence, and of course, movement and choreography.

By far, my favorite part to work on was Hunyak’s Hungarian Rope Trick. The poor woman can’t speak English, so this scene was glorious to put into interpretive movement, because that is all she can communicate with during her death scene. This was a prime example of a piece with an eliminated element (speech) that was expressed through a heightened element (dance).