Chicago: Alexander Gemignani and Paul C. Vogt


Paul C. Vogt (MADtv) and Alexander Gemignani are to join the cast of the Tony Award winning musical Chicago.

Vogt will play the role of 'Amos Hart' from 10 Jun 2013, assuming the role from longtime Chicago veteran Raymond Bokhour, who plays his final performance on 9 Jun 2013.

Vogt previously starred on Broadway as 'Edna Turnblad' in the hit musical 'Hairpsray,' a role he later reprised in the Las Vegas production. He is best known for his television work on "MADtv" and NBC's "The Rerun Show."

Gemignani will join the cast on 18 Jun 2013 starring as 'Billy Flynn' assuming the role from Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Rent), who plays his final performance on 16 Jun 2013.

Gemignani's Broadway credits include 'Les Misérables,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Assassins,' 'The People in the Picture' and 'Sunday in the Park with George.' His television credits include "Homeland" and "The Good Wife."

Chicago currently stars Amra-Fay Wright (Velma Kelly), Amy Spanger (Roxie Hart), Adam Pascal (Billy Flynn), *Christine Pedi (Mama Morton), Raymond Bokhor (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
*As previously announced Wendy Williams will make her Broadway debut as 'Mama Morton' from 25 Jun 2013.

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.

The show has been playing on Broadway since 14 Nov 1996, it moved to the Ambassador Theatre on the 29 Jan 2003, where it is currently booking period through to 22 Dec 2013.

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'.

Chicago has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.

The musical 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.

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