Carly Hughes to return to Chicago as Velma Kelly


Carly Hughes will return to Kander & Ebb's musical Chicago for a short limited engagement from 22 August to 4 September 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre, whilst Chicago veteran Amra Faye Wright goes on a brief hiatus.

The current principal cast of Chicago features Brandy Norwood (Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Ivan Hernandez (Billy Flynn), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Matron Mama Morton), and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

As previously announced, Amy Spanger returns as Roxie from 4 to 16 August 2015 and Rumer Willis will make her Broadway debut as Roxie from 18 August to 11 October 2015.

Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, Broadway's longest-running musical revival, as well as the longest-running American show in Broadway history. It has been playing on Broadway since 14 November 1996, and it moved to its current home, the Ambassador Theatre, on the 29 January 2003.

Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defence and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. The show features the well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.

The musical features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb. The revival production is directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, scene design by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Scott Lehrer.

Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. The show is currently booking to 10 January 2016.

Carly Hughes has previously appeared on Broadway in 'Pippin,' 'Beautiful,' 'Ghost,' 'The Book of Mormon,' 'Ragtime,' 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' and 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas.'

- by Tom Millward

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