Chicago Character Breakdown

(At least 9m, 10f; more ensemble members may be added)

ROXIE HART: Female (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, F3-B4); Very strong dancer, singer, actor
After being arrested for murdering her lover, Roxie is smitten with the attention and notoriety she receives in the press.  Her pursuit of an acquittal now leads to an unrelenting desire for fame on the vaudeville stage.

VELMA KELLY: Female (Range: Alto, E3-D5); Very strong dancer, singer, actor
Vaudeville performer who resides in Cook County Jail after murdering her cheating husband and sister. Used to being the “main attraction,” Velma fiercely competes with up and coming rival superstar Roxie for the attention of the press and to preserve her celebrity status.

BILLY FLYNN: Male (Range: Baritone Bb2-G4); Strong actor and singer
Charming, suave and a master of manipulation, Billy is a lawyer who makes celebrities of his clients in order to sway public opinion—a perk that Roxie takes full advantage of.  With a perfect track record in the courtroom, Billy will take on any case as long as it means putting money in his pocket.

MATRON "MAMA" MORTON: Female (Range: Alto, F#3-Bb4); strong actor and singer
The tough, sassy, corrupt warden of the Cook County Jail, “Mama” treats her inmates like family and would do anything for them—as long as she gets something in return.  Mama solicits bribes for favors, anything from laundry service to making calls to lawyers. “When you’re good to Mama, Mama’s good to you.”

AMOS HART: Male (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4); strong actor and singer
An auto-mechanic and the hapless husband of Roxie, Amos lies for her and tries to take the blame for her crime until he realizes that he has been two-timed by Roxie. Somewhat simple-minded and innocent, Amos remains steadfast and loyal to Roxie, even though his help (and even his presence) is hardly acknowledged. 

MARY SUNSHINE: “Female”—played by a Male in drag (Range: Soprano, Bb3-Bb5); strong singer and actor
A sappy tabloid columnist for the Evening Star. Mary believes there is a little bit of good in everyone and will believe anything she is fed that matches this belief.  At the end of the musical, Mary’s own secret is exposed.


In addition to the specific characters outlined below, Ensemble members will play various roles throughout--Reporters, Doctor, Fan Dancers, Foreman of the Jury, Masters of Ceremony, Roxie’s Boys, etc.  All ensemble members need to be strong singers and dancers.

LIZ: Female, (Range: A3-C#5); strong singer and dancer
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Liz is imprisoned after shooting two warning shots into her husband’s head.

ANNIE: Female, (Range: A3-C#5); strong singer and dancer
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail.  Poisons her lover after finding out he already has six wives. “One of those Mormons, ya’ know.”

JUNE: Female, (Range: A3-C#5); strong singer and dancer
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail.  After her husband accuses her of an affair with the milk man, he mysteriously runs into her knife ten times.

HUNYAK: Female, (speaking); strong dancer
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail.  Hungarian Prisoner at Cook County Jail. The only English she speaks is the phase, “Not Guilty.” Which follows her to her grave.  Speaks Hungarian.

MONA: Female, (Range: A3-C#5); strong singer and dancer
One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail.  Murders her lover after he has a round of affairs with other woman, and an occasional man. I guess you could say it was “artistic differences.”

FRED CASELY: Male, (speaking); strong dancer
Roxie’s short lived lover. Murdered for trying to leave Roxie.

SERGEANT FOGARTY: Male, (speaking)
Assigned to Roxie’s case. After asking the right questions, he manages to get Roxie to confess.

GO-TO-HELL-KITTY: Female (speaking)
Steals the spotlight when she Murders her husband along with three other woman. Her crimes are labeled “Lake Shore Drive Massacre.”

HARRY: Male (speaking)
Murdered by Go-To-Hell Kitty for sleeping around with three women behind her back.

AARON: Male (speaking)
Court appointed lawyer for Hunyak. He tries to get her to confess to speed along the trial.

JUDGE: Male (speaking)
Judge overseeing Roxie’s Trial.

MARTIN HARRISON: Male (speaking)
Chicago’s District Attorney, the prosecuting attorney in Roxie’s trial.

COURT CLERK: Female (speaking)
Swears people in with their hand on the bible. “Blah, Blah, Truth, Truth. Selp-yuh God.”