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COHOES: \Chicago comes to town

Going into its fifth season, CR Productions is scheduled to perform Chicago at the Cohoes Music Hall during the month of September.

CR Productions was founded by Cohoes native Jim Charles and Tony Rivera in 2002. The pair have been producing four shows a year for the past four years. This season (with the installation of air conditioning) the company plans to put on six shows.

"Going into our fifth season is huge. I feel like we can relax now," Rivera said.

With a cast of 16 actors and actresses, the producers say the show is sure to please any crowd.

The consensus among the cast and crew is the dancing will rock anyone's boat.

Jessica Costa, 27, who plays Roxie Hart, said the dancing in the show is what people will remember.

"The opening scene alone is worth the price of admission," she said.

Charles and Rivera hired a veteran of theater productions, Trelan Doler, 29, as the show's director and choreographer. This is Doler's seventh show at Cohoes Music Hall.

"I've been coming to Cohoes so much I almost feel like a citizen," he said.

Doler said "Chicago" is an interesting production because its themes will never get old.

"Criminals as celebrities and crime as entertainment -- no one ever gets sick of that," he said.

Doler agrees that the dancers cast for "Chicago" are top notch.

"It pushes me as a choreographer to work with these folks," he said.

The hardest part about directing and choreographing this production is doing it justice, Doler said. The show's original directors had such an influence on him that he wants to put on a good show, while still keeping it his own.

"This is a classic piece of theater that somehow has hooked in with audiences. It's interesting, it's sexy -- it's all things that we love," he said.

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