SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The full crowd at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's production of Chicago gave a standing ovation to the more than 100 performers, musician and crew involve in putting on the music on Opening Night on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Chicago is a jazzy and bawdy tale of two murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, who via for publicity and the attention of slick lawyer Billy Flynn to help them get out of jail and start Vaudeville careers during the Roaring '20s.

Among the standouts: Olivia Robertiello as Velma, Tara Kenoff as Roxie, Cheyenne Jones as jailhouse matron Mama Morton, and James Maloney, in his first SPFHS Rep production, as Billy Flynn. Billy Kasper shows off his comedic skills as Amos Hart, Roxy's unappreciated husband, while Robbie Dobies delivers a memorable performance as reporter Mary Sunshine.

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Members of the school's award-winning Moonglowers set the tone with Jazz age music, and the dance numbers are a testament to the countless hours of rehearsals that the students have done over the past few weeks. As with most SPFHS Repertory Theatre productions, the costumes and set designs were outstanding. 

With its adult themes of murder and sexual promiscuity, the show likely is not appropriate for most young children. 

VIDEO: "All That Jazz" (second video from the finale below)

Here's a snippet from the finale. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.