CHICAGO with Barter Theatre


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Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia and Symphony of the Mountains of Kingsport, Tennessee announce a one-time performance of the Broadway musical “Chicago” on November 13 at 3:00 PM at the Toy Reid Center in Kingsport.

Barter Theatre and Symphony of the Mountains announce their upcoming partnership to bring Barter’s production of “Chicago” to the heart of Kingsport. After the musical closes on Barter Theatre’s stage in Abingdon, Symphony of the Mountains (SOTM) will partner with Barter for this unique performance, which will combine Barter’s actors and SOTM for a performance allowing symphony enthusiasts to fully appreciate the rich musical score of this popular Broadway musical.

Barter Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Richard Rose, said, “It’s an exciting collaboration, as always, to be working with the Symphony of the Mountains. To have that symphony sound and to have that symphony background as part of the Broadway musical with the professional cast of Barter is a pretty spectacular event. It makes for an evening you can’t get anywhere else. You rarely see this happen in the world of the theatre.”

Cornelia Laemmli Orth, Chief Operating Officer of Symphony of the Mountains, said, “What we are doing here is bringing all the art forms together on one stage. Most of these singers have never worked with a professional orchestra. Some of our musicians have never worked with that level of actors. So we get inspired. We listen to each other, we watch each other, we learn from each other and the whole thing gets even stronger. So in addition to just producing great art, on the long term, it’s an inspiration.”

Previously, Barter Theatre and Symphony of the Mountains have partnered to offer performances of this kind, including the wildly popular collaborations of “Cabaret” and “Les Misérables.” Like those productions, this fall’s performance of “Chicago” will feature Barter’s cast performing the show with costumes and props with limited scenic and lighting elements from Barter’s original production. This minimalist style of production will allow the audience to better experience the full impact of production’s incredible score.

This joint venture is an event that is truly unique to both organizations.

Barter Theatre and Symphony of The Mountains have not offered a joint performance since 2013. This rare opportunity is available to the public as well as Symphony of the Mountains season ticket holders.

Tickets to this one-time event can be purchased through Barter Theatre’s box office. To book, call 276-628-3991 or visit


Sponsored by: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, Eastman Chemical Company, Eastman Credit Union, James & Laura Rogers Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. McGlothlin, Marcia & Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation, The Estate of James C. Martin In Memory of Mary B. Martin, National Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Art Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, United Companies Charitable Foundation, John & Karen Vann, Women’s Symphony Committee