A Columbus resident has been cast in Theatre NEO’s production of the Broadway classic ‘Chicago.’ Chris Wells, a freshman English major, has been cast as Fred Casley.

Set during the prohibition era in Chicago, this musical tells the tales of a chorus girl named Roxie Hart, a lawyer named Billy Flynn and a vaudeville entertainer named Velma Kelly. Velma is in jail for murdering her husband and sister. When Roxie is sent to jail for the murder of her nightclub lover, Velma becomes jealous of the publicity she receives. The fact that Roxie is making a move on Billy Flynn, who is Velma's lawyer, complicates the situation even more.

Chicago made a huge splash on Broadway and won six Tony Awards in 1997, including the award for best musical revival. The music is timeless and gives audiences the opportunity to fondly look back at vaudeville entertainment, said Barbara George, chair of the Theatre Department.

“Chicago” will run Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students. NEO students, faculty and staff are admitted at no cost. Reservations may be placed by calling George at (918) 540-6302.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is located in Miami, Okla., and offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as numerous one- and two-year certificate programs. NEO is the largest two-year residential college in the state of Oklahoma.