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"Chicago" musical to headline Feb. 27 MCC Foundation Hearts in the Arts Gala

Posted: January 7, 2020

The 18th Annual Hearts in the Arts Theatre Gala, sponsored by the McLennan Community College Foundation, will be held on Feb. 27 at MCC's Ball Performing Arts Center. The gala features McLennan Theatre's performance of Bob Fosse's musical masterpiece, "Chicago."

This American musical set in Jazz-Age Chicago opened on Broadway in 1975, introducing the world to Fosse's eponymous choreography. A 1996 "Chicago" revival ran for 7,486 shows, holding the record as the longest-running show ever on Broadway, second only to "The Phantom of the Opera." The McLennan production will be co-directed by choreographer Joe Taylor and professor Kelly Parker.

"We are delighted to welcome Joe Taylor to the phenomenal McLennan Theatre department," said Kim Patterson, executive director of the MCC Foundation. "He brings decades of professional dance experience and his style is much like that of Bob Fosse. He will be a perfect fit for this show and what will be another incredible Hearts in the Arts Gala."

Hearts in the Arts is an affinity group of the MCC Foundation that supports the arts at MCC. In its 18th year, the Hearts in the Arts Gala begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception at the Ball Performing Arts Center and Fountain Plaza, followed by the musical production at 7:30 p.m. Dessert will be served at intermission. Patron tickets are $100 and include the reception and theatre performance. All proceeds benefit McLennan scholarships and special projects benefitting visual and performing arts students and faculty.

Gala seating is limited, and reservations are due by Feb. 20. For more information, please visit the Foundation's Facebook page at To make reservations, contact the Foundation at 254-299-8604 or